China's Xi congratulates Biden on U.S. election victory

Sino-U.S. relations have deteriorated to their worst in decades during incumbent U.S. President's Donald Trump's four years in office

  
China's President Xi Jinping applauds to Russian President Vladimir Putin as they talk via a video link, from the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China December 2, 2019. Noel Celis/Pool via REUTERS

China's President Xi Jinping applauds to Russian President Vladimir Putin as they talk via a video link, from the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China December 2, 2019. Noel Celis/Pool via REUTERS

BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday congratulated Joe Biden on winning the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election, voicing hope the two countries could promote a healthy and stable development of bilateral ties, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Sino-U.S. relations have deteriorated to their worst in decades during incumbent U.S. President's Donald Trump's four years in office, with disputes simmering over issues from trade and technology to Hong Kong and the coronavirus.

In his congratulatory message to Biden, Xi said healthy ties between the world's two biggest economies were not only in the fundamental interests of their two peoples but also expected by the international community, Xinhua reported.

China's foreign ministry congratulated Biden on Nov. 13, nearly a week after many U.S. allies had, holding out as Trump, who is still challenging the election results, refused to concede defeat.

In 2016, Xi sent congratulations to Trump on Nov. 9, a day after that year's election.

Also on Wednesday, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan congratulated Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris, on being elected as the next U.S. vice president, Xinhua said, without providing further details.

(Reporting by Colin Qian and Tony Munroe; Writing by Tom Daly; Editing by Toby Chopra/Mark Heinrich) ((tom.daly@thomsonreuters.com; +86 10 5669 2119;))

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