After a nearly weeklong delay, China on Friday congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris on their election amid strained relations between Washington and Beijing.
“We congratulate Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris. At the same time, we understand that the outcome of this US election will be ascertained in accordance with US laws and procedures,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said during a press briefing.
“We respect the choice of the American people,” he added, without offering a reason for the delay.
The statement comes four days after Wang dodged questions from CNN about when the country would congratulate Biden, sparking speculation about whether Beijing was waiting for President Trump to concede.
“We will handle the issue of the statement (of congratulations) in accordance with international practice,” Wang said Monday, when he “noted” the president-elect’s declaration of victory.
China became one of the last major countries to congratulate Biden and his team — following the United