Extreme restraint. If most of the countries of the world, after a tense suspense that lasted four days, congratulate Joe Biden on his victory since Saturday, China has decided to do so. “We took note that Mr. Biden declared to be the winner of the election,” a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Wang Wenbin, simply told the press.
“To our knowledge, the result of the election will be determined by the laws and procedures in force in the United States,” he added, two days after the victory of the Democratic candidate, contested by outgoing President Donald Trump . Beijing suggesting that the final result of the poll was not yet officially known.
If congratulatory messages have therefore poured in on Saturday, in addition to China, other countries such as Russia, Mexico or Brazil have so far refrained from sending a message to Joe Biden. In Russia, for example, Vladimir Putin says he is waiting for an official result to congratulate the winner, while the Russian electoral commission even goes so far as to question the legitimacy of the ballot.
In 2016, Trump congratulated the day after his victory …
During the election of Donald Trump in November 2016, Chinese President Xi Jinping sent his congratulations to the winner the day after the election … If the defeat of the Republican billionaire is likely to relieve China, which has paid the price for it. a trade war launched by Washington in 2018, some experts note that Beijing could fear Joe Biden putting more pressure on it in terms of human rights.
VIDEO. November 7, 2020, the day Joe Biden became President of the United States
Asked about this point, the Chinese spokesman warned that his country would remain determined to defend “its sovereignty, its security and its development”. “We hope that the next American administration will show a desire for conciliation,” he said.
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