China congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden on Friday nearly a week after he was declared the winner of the American election.
US-China ties have grown increasingly strained lately below the administration of incumbent Donald Trump, and relations are as icy as at any time since formal ties had been established 4 decades ago.
“We respect the selection of American individuals. We specific our congratulations to Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris,” mentioned overseas ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin at an everyday press briefing, referring to incoming vice president Kamala Harris.
Wang mentioned China understands “the results of the US election will likely be decided in accordance with US legal guidelines and procedures”.
China was beforehand amongst a handful of major countries together with Russia and Mexico that had not congratulated the president-elect, with Beijing commenting earlier this week merely that it had “seen Mr. Biden declared he’s the winner”.
Trump’s 4 years within the White Home have been marked by an expensive commerce battle between the 2 powers, with Beijing and Washington additionally sparring over blame for the Covid-19 pandemic and China’s human rights file in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
Below his “America First” banner, Trump has portrayed China as the best menace to the US and world democracy.