Vastavam web: China’s President Xi Jinping on Wednesday congratulated Joe Biden on winning the US presidential election, as one of the last major international “hold outs” acknowledged the results of the vote. Mr Xi had been waiting for a sign from Washington before he send his best wishes, treading a diplomatic tightrope between appeasing Donald Trump and getting off to a smooth start with Mr Biden. Russia and Mexico are now the only major world powers yet to congratulate Mr Biden. The Chinese leader expressed hope the two countries could promote the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
China’s foreign ministry spokesman issued a statement on 13 November wishing Mr Biden well, but Mr Xi’s refusal to congratulate Mr Biden was noted. The decision on Monday by the General Services Administration head, Emily Murphy, to unlock $9 million in transition funds and allow Mr Biden’s team access to government officials appears to have influenced Beijing’s decision. Mr Trump is rapidly running out of legal avenues to pursue, and White House reporters say that even the president himself has come to the conclusion that it is futile to fight on. On Wednesday he is intending to hold a press conference in Gettysburg with his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who is spearheading efforts to overturn the vote.