Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday — becoming one of the last major national leaders to do so.
The Chinese president said both countries should “stick to no conflict or confrontation, mutual respect [and] the spirit of win-win cooperation” moving forward, according to state media.
Xi also said the “healthy and stable development of US-China relations accords with the fundamental interests of both peoples.”
His message comes more than two weeks after several other major countries had congratulated Biden.
Relations between the US and China have hit historic lows in recent months, as the two superpowers have feuded over issues including the trade war, espionage allegations, human rights, media freedoms, tech rivalry and, most notably, the origin and initial handling of the coronavirus.
Each country has repeatedly attacked the other over the management of the deadly pandemic, with Washington blasting Beijing’s lack of transparency following the outbreak in Wuhan last year.
Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan also congratulated Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, the Xinhua news agency reported.
Other countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Israel, France and Germany, congratulated the president-elect shortly after Election Day.
Xi issued his well wishes to President Trump just one day after he’d been declared the winner in 2016.
With Post wires