China declined Monday to congratulate Joe Biden because the winner of the US presidential election, saying the result of the vote was nonetheless to be decided.
Whereas incumbent Donald Trump has but to concede and has launched a number of authorized challenges, many world leaders congratulated Biden and operating mate Kamala Harris after the Democrats had been declared winners on the weekend and spontaneous celebrations erupted throughout American cities.
Trump’s 4 years within the White Home have been marked by a expensive commerce conflict and more and more icy relations with China, with the 2 powers sparring over areas from blame for the Covid-19 pandemic to Beijing’s human rights report in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
China amongst a handful of main international locations together with Russia and Mexico that has not congratulated the President-Elect — stated Monday it had “seen that Mr. Biden declared he’s the winner of the election.”
“Our understanding is that the result of the election can be decided in accordance with US legal guidelines and procedures,” overseas ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin informed press at a daily briefing.
After declining to acknowledge Biden’s victory regardless of repeated questions from reporters, Wang stated: “We hope the brand new US authorities can meet China midway.”
Trump has refused to concede defeat, complaining in a tweet on Sunday, “Since when does the Lamestream Media name who our subsequent president can be?”