China congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden on Friday nearly a week after he was declared the new president-elect by US media.
“We respect the choice of the American people. We express our congratulations to Mr Biden and Ms Harris,” said foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin at a regular press briefing, referring to incoming vice president Kamala Harris.
Wang said China understands “the result of the US election will be determined in accordance with US laws and procedures”.
China was previously among a handful of major countries including Russia and Mexico that had not congratulated the president-elect, with Beijing commenting earlier this week that it had “noticed Mr Biden declared he is the winner”.
Since US media called the presidential race, Trump has not conceded to Biden as is traditional practice once a winner is projected.
Trump’s four years in the White House have been marked by a costly trade war between the two powers, with Beijing and Washington also sparring over blame for the Covid-19 pandemic.
Under his “America First” banner, Trump has portrayed China as the greatest threat to the United States and global democracy.
Source: AFP (edited by Al-Manar English Website)