“We respect the choice of the American people. We congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” Chinese Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said during the daily news conference. “We understand that the results of the US election will be determined in accordance with US law and procedures,” he added.
While many leaders around the world congratulated Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s former vice president, on Saturday, November 7, China was late in acknowledging his victory, saying it wants to wait for the final election results.
The slowdown in the Chinese reaction could mean that Beijing is betting on the re-election of Donald Trump, perceived by many in China as someone who has weakened the US and the West, even though he made a major contribution to deteriorating Sino-US relations. .
Also, the Chinese communist regime could expect from Joe Biden increasing pressure on human rights issues, according to experts.
During the election campaign, Joe Biden harshly criticized Chinese President Xi Jinping. “He is a guy who has no democratic bones in his skeleton,” Biden told AFP.
Compared to his time as vice president, Biden has taken a tougher stance on China in recent years, criticizing Beijing for human rights abuses and unfair trade practices. However, he also criticized Trump’s policy, saying the US president should build a coalition of allies to oppose China’s abuses and trade practices instead of starting a bilateral trade war with the world’s second-largest economy.
“As long as we stand by the other democracies, our power doubles. China cannot afford to ignore more than half of the global economy. That allows us to set the rules for everything from the environment to work, trade, technology, and transparency, so that it continues to reflect democratic interests and values, “he said.
It’s just that some analysts say Biden will not rush to lift Trump’s sanctions when his administration enters trade negotiations with China.