‘We understand the results of the US election will be determined according to US laws and procedures’
Nov. 13, 2020
China has congratulated Joe Biden on winning the US presidential election. Reacting several days after most other world powers acknowledged the result, the Chinese foreign ministry said: “We respect the choice of the American people.”
“We extend congratulations to Mr Biden and [Kamala] Harris,” foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a regular daily briefing.
“We understand the results of the US election will be determined according to US laws and procedures,” he added.
The acknowledgement from Beijing comes six days after the race for the Oval Office was called for Mr Biden. The two countries have been mired in conflicts over trade, security and technology that have only escalated under the presidency of Donald Trump.
The electoral win for Mr Biden is expected to encourage China to try to renegotiate Mr Trump’s trade deal, viewed in Beijing as being “twisted” in Washington’s favour, according to advisers to the Chinese government, reported South China Morning Post.
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