Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday congratulated Joe Biden on his victory in the US election, state media reported.
In his telegram, Xi said the two countries should cling to the “spirit of conflict or victory, (and the spirit of win-win cooperation”) to promote the “great cause” of peace and development in the world.
Xi’s message came more than two weeks after several other major countries praised Biden.
US-China relations have suffered a historic decline in recent months as the two superpowers traded on a range of issues, including trade wars, espionage charges, human rights, media freedom and rivalry. technological.
The two countries have repeatedly grappled with handling the deadly coronovirus outbreak, with Washington blaming China’s lack of transparency during an initial outbreak in Wuhan late last year.
Xi said that “the healthy and steady development of US-China relations is in the fundamental interests of both peoples”.
According to Xinhua reports, Chinese Vice President Wang Kishan also sent a congratulatory message to Kamala Harris during the US election.
Beijing previously sent low-key congratulations to Biden and Harris on Nov. 13, long after several major countries congratulated the president-elect on their victory after days of turmoil and anticipation as votes in key states were finalized. has been given.
“We understand that the results of the US election will be confirmed on the basis of US law and procedure,” State Department spokesman Wang Wenbin said during a routine briefing at the time.
Chinese media reaction has been similar to Biden’s victory since the results were confirmed earlier this month.
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