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China Holds Back On Congratulating President - Elect Joe Biden

China Holds Back On Congratulating President – Elect Joe Biden

The Chinese government dodged a question earlier today on when it would congratulate US President-elect Joe Biden.

Over 24 hours after US media announced Biden as new president-elect, China remains one of the few major countries yet to send congratulations to Biden and his team. This has left many speculations about Chinese officials waiting for the outgoing president to concede the defeat first.

With two months left for Trump to leave the White House permanently, Beijing may want to avoid further destabilization of US-China relations. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin spoke at a regular press briefing in Beijing. He said China had noted Biden’s declaration of victory.

“We understand that the outcome of the general election is determined in accordance with the laws and procedures of the United States’’. Wang responded to reporters’ questions.

He also said that china could handle the issue of the statement (of congratulations) in accordance with international practice. He did not elaborate what “international norms’’ are. Given the large number of nations that have ushered in their congratulatory messages for Biden.

Some of these nations include the United Kingdom, Australia, Israel, France, and Germany.

This comes amidst speculations run by Chinese media that a Biden presidency might help re-set the US-China relations.

The relationship between the two nations deteriorated markedly during Trump’s time in office.

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