BEIJING – China on Friday became one of the last major countries to congratulate Democrat Joe Biden on his victory in the US presidential election.
China, like Russia, avoided joining the multitude of governments that congratulated Biden last weekend after projections showed that he won enough Electoral College votes in the November 3 election to reach the White House.
“We respect the choice of the American people,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin. “We congratulate Mr. Biden and (Vice President-elect) Mrs. (Kamala) Harris.”
Without offering a reason for the delay in recognition, Wang added that “the result will be confirmed in accordance with US laws and procedures.”
China’s government is locked in a tariff war with Republican Donald Trump’s executive over Beijing’s technology ambitions and trade surplus.
Trump also called the Asian giant a security threat, imposed restrictions on exports and sanctioned Chinese firms.
Political analysts expect little change with Biden’s arrival in government due to widespread frustration with China’s business and human rights record and allegations of espionage and technology theft.