China congratulated Biden after long silence

China congratulates Biden after long silence
Joe Biden and Xi Jinping - could a phone conversation soon be on the cards? Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: China has finally congratulated Joe Biden, a Democrat, on his projected win in the US presidential election, breaking a frosty period of silence.

On Friday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said: “We respect the choice of the American people. We extend congratulations to Mr Biden and Ms Harris.”

As China congratulated Mr Biden, it shows Chinese President Xi Jinping, and other leaders – have accepted the result and expect Joe Biden to be inaugurated as the US president in January despite legal challenges from the Trump campaign.

The US-China relationship is crucial to both sides and the wider world. Tensions have soared between the two nations in recent times, over trade, espionage and the pandemic.

Russia has not officially acknowledged Biden’s wn.

The Russian president Vladimir Putin was among the first to congratulate Donald Trump on his election victory in 2016, but there has been no tweet, telegram or phone call to Mr Biden this time.

Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman told reporters: “We believe the correct thing to do would be to wait for the official election result.”

In recent days, Mr Biden has taken calls from a string of global leaders. Congratulations began to pour in from Saturday, when major US TV networks projected the result and he declared victory.

President Donald Trump has continued to make unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud without offering clear evidence.

A group of federal and state election officials directly rebutted such claims on Thursday, saying the vote was “the most secure in American history”.

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