Nov 26, 2020 12:35 AM

Xi Congratulates Biden on Election as U.S. President

What’s new: Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message Wednesday to congratulate U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on his election, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

In the message (link in Chinese), Xi said he hopes the two countries can “manage differences” and “uphold the spirit of nonconflict, nonconfrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation” to advance the healthy and stable development of bilateral ties.

“Promoting the healthy and stable development of China-U.S. relations not only conforms to the fundamental interests of the two peoples, but also is the common expectation of the international community,” Xi said, according to Xinhua.

Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan sent a message to Senator Kamala Harris to congratulate her on election as U.S. vice president, Xinhua said.

Why it matters: The world was waiting for the formal congratulatory message from the Chinese leader since Biden was projected as the winner of the presidential election Nov. 7.

China's foreign ministry offered Biden congratulations Nov. 13, but Xi didn’t make the acknowledgement personally. Foreign policy experts said it reflected China’s caution as President Donald Trump has not conceded.

A few leaders including the presidents of Brazil, Mexico and Russia are still holding off on formal congratulations to Biden.

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