China offers belated congratulations to US President-elect Joe Biden

By Ben Westcott and Steven Jiang, CNN

Hong Kong (CNN)China has offered its congratulations to United States President-elect Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris on their election success, almost a week after they delivered victory addresses.

Speaking at a regular press briefing Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that China “respected the choice of the American people.”

“We congratulate Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris. At the same time, we understand that the outcome of this US election will be ascertained in accordance with US laws and procedures,” he said.It comes four days after Wang sidestepped questions from CNN on when China would congratulate the US President-elect on his win, leaving many to speculate whether officials were waiting for Donald Trump to formally concede.

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