China, Russia hesitant to congratulate President-Elect Joe Biden


Russian President Vladmir Putin and Chinest President Xi Xinping shaking hands. Image credit: The Los Angeles Times

MOSCOW/BEIJING – Russia and China have both yet to congratulate Democratic President-elect Joe Biden on his victory against current Incumbent Republican President Donald Trump. Unlike China and Russia, many of America’s biggest and greatest allies in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia have been quick to congratulate Joe Biden for his win Saturday. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel even called for America and the European Union to work “side by side” seeing as though Biden has already worked with them while with the Obama administration. China has stated that from their understanding “the presidential election results will be determined by laws and procedures”. Though current tensions with China are very much hostile due to the ongoing trade war with the Trump administration, Chinese state-run media has put an optimistic tone on hopes of America and China rekindling this bond between nations starting with trade. 

   Russia has also stated they will be waiting for the official results of the election before giving their congratulations. When the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was asked why they were quick to congratulate Trump with his victory in 2016 and not Biden this year, he said there were obvious differences between the two. The spokesman also went on to say that Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated many times he is ready to work with any U.S leader and find a way to normalize troubled bilateral relations.  

(Compiled from Reuters for the Guilford Voyager by Za’Nia Harris, original reporting by Cate Dandell and Dmitry Antonov)