China, on Monday, declined to congratulate US President Elect Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 US presidential election. China said the outcome of the vote was still to be determined. While incumbent Donald Trump has yet to concede and he has launched several legal challenges disputing the results of the election. Meanwhile, many world leaders congratulated Biden and running mate Kamala Harris after the Democrats were declared winners at the weekend. Spontaneous celebrations erupted across the US when all major US Networks declared Biden the winner.
Donald Trump’s term in the White House was marked by a costly trade war and increasingly unstable relations with China. The US and China have been locking heads on a range of issues. The US blamed China for the rapid and uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus and the two powers have been sparring over Beijing’s human rights record in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
A handful of other major countries have also failed to congratulate the President-Elect saying that they took note of Biden declaring himself the winner. “Our understanding is that the outcome of the election will be determined in accordance with US laws and procedures,” said foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin at a regular briefing. After declining to acknowledge Biden’s victory despite repeated questions from reporters, Wang said: “We hope the new US government can meet China halfway.”