Chinese President Xi Jinping has finally congratulated Joe Biden on winning this year’s presidential election, amid rigging claims from Donald Trump. Biden and Xi are pictured together in 2013 (Picture: AP)
Chinese President Xi Jinping has finally sent his congratulations to Joe Biden for winning this year’s presidential election. The Communist leader’s message, sent on Wednesday, said: ‘Promoting the healthy and stable development of China-US relations is…in the fundamental interests of both peoples.’
He added: ‘I hope to see both sides uphold the spirit of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, and focus on cooperation while managing and controlling disputes.’
The message was released by China’s state-run news agency Xinhua, CNN reported, with Xi also said to have called Biden personally to offer similar remarks.
Xi congratulated Biden two and a half weeks after the election was called by forecasters. He spoke out as Russian President Vladimir Putin continued to refuse to recognize Biden as the winner, after President Trump made repeated and unfounded claims that he had lost unfairly.
Donald Trump with President Xi at the G20 summit of world leaders in Osaka, Japan, in 2019. US-China relations have suffered as a result of the coronavirus outbreak (Picture: AP)
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman offered general congratulations to Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on November 13, six days after the election was called.
But that spokesman sounded a note of caution about the result, saying it could only be ‘ascertained in accordance with US laws and procedures.’
President Trump has repeatedly taken China to task over the coronavirus outbreak, and vowed to ‘make them pay’ for unleashing the virus on the world.
But Biden’s newly-nominated Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is likely to take a far more diplomatic approach to tackling Xi and his government.
President Trump has continued to challenge this year’s result, although his own legal team has started to implode amid counsel Sidney Powell’s unsubstantiated claims about corrupt voting machines.
Trump finally green-lighted transition proceedings on Monday night, which will help government staff for Biden to take over in January.
But the president is said to make his first trip out of Washington DC since losing on Tuesday as he heads to Pennsylvania as part of an ongoing challenge to that state’s result.
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