China's Xi congratulates Biden on US election victory

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(201124) -- BEIJING, Nov. 24, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, delivers a speech at a gathering to honor model workers and exemplary individuals at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 24, 2020. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)
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Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday congratulated Joe Biden on winning the November 3rd US presidential election, voicing hope the two countries could promote a healthy and stable development of bilateral ties, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

China-US relations have deteriorated to their worst in decades during incumbent US 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 Mr 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 Mr Biden on November 13th, nearly a week after many US allies had, holding out as Mr Trump, who is still challenging the election results, refused to concede defeat.

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

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

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