What if Beijing had more to fear from Biden than from Trump? In November 2016, Chinese President Xi Jinping sent his congratulations to the winner Donald Trump the day after the election.
China refrained from congratulating Joe Biden on his election to the presidency of the United States, with Beijing explaining on Monday that the final result of the poll was not yet known. To the press, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Wang Wenbin, explained the position of the Middle Empire two days after the victory of the Democratic candidate, contested by outgoing President Donald Trump:
"We have taken note that Mr. Biden has declared himself the winner of the election" (...) "To our knowledge, the outcome of the election will be determined by the laws and procedures in force in the United States. "
Russia, Mexico and Brazil are also waiting
If congratulatory messages 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.
During the election of Donald Trump in November 2016, Chinese President Xi Jinping sent his congratulations to the winner the day after the poll.
What if China had more to fear from Biden than from Trump?
If the defeat of the Republican billionaire is likely to relieve China, which bore the brunt of a trade war triggered by Washington in 2018, some experts note that Beijing may fear Joe Biden will put more pressure on it in terms of rights of Man.
Asked about this, the Chinese spokesman warned that his country would remain determined to defend "its sovereignty, its security and its development".
"We hope that the next US administration will show a willingness to conciliate," he said.