China sent its congratulations to Joe Biden on Friday on his election as president of the United States, almost a week after the announcement of the victory of the Democratic candidate.
“We respect the choice of the American people. We send our congratulations to Biden and (vice president-elect) Harris,” Chinese diplomatic spokesman Wang Wenbin told the press.
While many leaders around the world congratulated former vice president of Barack Obama on November 7, China delayed until this Friday to acknowledge his victory, as it stated that it wanted to wait for the final results of the vote.
Outgoing President Donald Trump has yet to admit defeat.
The spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated this Friday that the result of the US election would be “confirmed in accordance with the laws and procedures in force in the United States.”
The slowness of the Chinese reaction may suggest that Beijing was betting on a re-election of Trump, perceived in China as someone who has weakened his country and the West, despite the fact that he contributed widely to deteriorate relations between the two powers, for example, to through the launch of a trade war.
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