The early overtures to China’s neighbours reflected Biden’s campaign promise of staying tough on China but seeking a united front instead of the Trump administration’s more unilateral approach. China’s government has been cautiously optimistic about calmer relations with Washington under a Biden administration, although officials have no illusions of a major thaw.
At the same time, Wang added, “we understand the U.S. election results will be confirmed based on U.S. law and procedure.”
China’s Foreign Ministry previously had held off issuing congratulations, saying only that it “noted” Biden’s claim of victory. Chinese foreign policy analysts had explained the stance as a precautionary one because President Trump has not conceded.
On Thursday in the United States, Edison Research projected that Biden would win Arizona, adding to the size of his projected victory of electoral college votes.
Beijing’s change of tack followed Biden’s pledges of support for U.S. allies in the Asia-Pacific region — a step that would have raised the urgency for China to open its lines of communications with the president-elect.
In particular, Biden’s discussion with Japan about territory claimed by China would have irked Beijing.
With its centrally controlled bureaucracy, Beijing is generally conservative in its public remarks, and it is not unusual for it to issue statements days late in an uncertain situation. Trump’s refusal to concede despite Biden’s projected large margin of victory put China and other countries in uncharted territory.
Beijing also seized on the global distraction this week to gut Hong Kong’s legislature by ordering the disqualification of lawmakers deemed “unpatriotic.” The move was met with outrage from Western officials.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called it “a clear breach of the legally binding Sino-British Joint Declaration,” a treaty signed in 1984 before the British handover of Hong Kong to China. (SOURCE/WASHINGTON POST)