Chinese President Xi Jinping has congratulated Joe Biden for winning the United States Presidential Elections, after more than two weeks have passed since the Democratic candidate was announced as the winner.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has congratulated Joe Biden for winning the United States Presidential Elections, over two weeks after the Democratic candidate was announced as the winner.
Xi sent a congratulatory message to Biden for his election victory and hoped for a “healthy and stable development” for their countries, Chinese state media Xinhua News Agency reported on Nov. 25.
“Promoting healthy and stable development of China-U.S. relations not only serves the fundamental interests of the people in both countries, but also meets the common expectation of the international community,” Xi said, according to Xinhua.
Xi also reportedly said that he hopes their countries “will uphold the spirit of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation” and to ” join hands with other countries and the international community to promote the noble cause of world peace and development.”
The message comes amid conflicts on trade, technology, and security, as well as international issues on China’s crackdown on Hong Kong, territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and the COVID-19 pandemic, that have strained U.S.-China relations.
The message also comes two days after the Trump administration officially authorized the Biden transition after weeks of delay and Trump’s refusal to concede.
China’s congratulatory message to Biden makes it one of the last several countries to do so. Countries who still have not acknowledged Biden’s victory include North Korea, Russia, and Brazil.
Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan reportedly also congratulated Kamala Harris on being elected as the U.S. Vice President.
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