“China respects the choice of the American people,” Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, told a news conference on Friday.
“We applaud Mr. Biden and Mrs. Harris, and at the same time, we understand that the results of this U.S. election can be verified in accordance with U.S. laws and policies,” he said.
At the time, Wong said, they “recognized” Biden’s victory declaration. “We will handle the issue of statement (congratulations) in line with international practice,” Wang said Monday.
China was one of the last major countries to congratulate President-elect Biden and his team on their victory. The new American leader has already been welcomed by a large number of countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Israel, France and Germany.
In 2016, a day after Chinese President Xi Jinping announced his victory, he congratulated Trump on his election as then president.
Amid the continuing decline in bilateral relations compared to the increasingly harsh tone towards the Trump administration, the Chinese state media has so far been careful in handling Biden’s victory.
Some lets published publishers of Biden’s profiles or highlighted a well – known Beijing restaurant he visited in 2011, but most Chinese media focused on their fraudulent allegations and post – US election coverage.
Experts have suggested that Beijing may not be willing to do anything to oppose the outgoing US administration in its last months in power.
“China is always ready to work with the United States to manage their differences. Anyone in the White House should look at the regional situation objectively,” the editorial said.
“China must become a country that cannot be suppressed or destabilized, and cooperation with China must be the best option to realize national interests with the United States. This is the ultimate principle,” the editorial said.