China has become one of the last major countries to congratulate Joe Biden on being elected U.S. president. Along with Russia and Mexico, which also have testy relations with the U.S., China had appeared to hold off from making any public endorsement of either presidential candidate.
Wang added: “At the same time, the result will be confirmed according to U.S. laws and procedures.” The move came just hours after the state of Arizona was called for Biden and Harris.
Biden and Harris won in Arizona by a margin of just over ten thousand votes, and 49.4% of the votes cast in the state, against Trump’s 49.06%. The state has 11 electoral college votes, giving Biden 290 electoral college votes according to the New York Times, compared with a current 217 for Trump. A total 270 votes is needed to win.
Relations between China and the U.S. fell to their worst level for several decades during the Trump era. The two superpowers were engaged in a frosty trade war, and a technology tussle that has involved Chinese firms Huawei, TikTok and Tencent’s WeChat. There have also been geopolitical disputes, notably in the South China Sea and over the political status of Hong Kong.
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 13, 2020