China on Friday shed its preliminary hesitation and congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden and his deputy Kamala Harris for their victory in the 2020 US presidential election, saying Beijing respects the selection of the American folks.
“We have been following reactions on the US elections from both within the US and the international community,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin advised a media briefing right here when identified that extra world leaders in addition to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres have congratulated 77-year-old Biden.
“We respect the American people’s choice and we extend congratulations to Biden and Harris and we understand that the result of the US presidential elections will be determined following the US laws and procedures,” Wang stated.
China initially hesitated to congratulate Biden, a Democrat, after Republican incumbent President Donald Trump refused to concede.
On November 9, Wang had declined to congratulate Biden on his victory, saying the end result of the American election needs to be decided by the nation’s legal guidelines and procedures.
He, nonetheless, was extra forthcoming on the victory of Harris as the primary lady Vice President-elect.
When reminded about Chinese President Xi Jinping’s assertion calling for better gender equality in a current UN convention on ladies and does
China have any touch upon Harris, Wang quoted a Chinese saying which states ladies maintain half of the sky.
“In China, there is a saying that women hold half of the sky. China has been committed to realising gender equality and advancing women’s development around the world,” he stated.
Trump’s 4 years in energy have been the worst section in China-US relations because the ruling Communist Party of China headed by President Xi struggled to take care of what China’s officers say is essentially the most elusive and unpredictable American chief ever for the reason that former US president Richard Nixon in 1972 established ties with the Communist nation.
During his tenure, Trump pushed aggressively on all elements of US-China ties, together with together with his relentless commerce conflict, difficult China’s army maintain on the disputed South China Sea, its fixed threats to Taiwan and branding coronavirus as “China virus” after it emerged from Wuhan in December final yr.
Chinese strategic specialists stated Biden getting into the White House is predicted to offer a possibility for breakthroughs in resuming high-level communication and rebuilding mutual strategic belief between the 2 main international locations.
“The Biden tenure could usher in a buffering period for already-tense China-US relations and offer an opportunity for breakthroughs in resuming high-level communication and rebuilding mutual strategic trust between the two countries,” state-run Global Times quoted Chinese experts as saying on Monday.
Jin Canrong, Associate Dean of the School of International Studies at the Renmin University of China in Beijing, said that Biden will usher in a “buffer interval” for China-US relations – relations may still worsen, but not as quickly.
“Biden might be extra average and mature in dealing with overseas affairs,” Jin said.
Biden is expected to appoint more professional officials to his diplomatic team and so it will be possible for US-China tensions to take a brief timeout, he said.
The vicious circle has led to damaged strategic mutual trust, a suspension of high-level communication and little concrete cooperation, Xin Qiang, deputy director of the Centre for US Studies at Fudan University, told the daily.
It might now be expected that some liaison mechanisms and stalled dialogues can be resumed, “however it is going to take time to rebuild mutual strategic belief,” he said.
However, the pending change in US leadership will not change the overall direction of Washington’s China policy, observers said.
Regardless of who resides in the White House, the US will to some extent maintain its current approach toward China, the experts said.