China SNUBS Joe Biden by refusing to acknowledge presidential election victory

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Despite most national leaders publicly acknowledging Mr Biden’s win, China’s president, Xi Jinping, has stayed silent. Contrarily, Mr Trump was congratulated by Mr Xi on his election back in 2016, with China’s president calling for a “stable” relationship between the two nations.

Mr Xi said: “China pays high attention to the Sino-US relationship and hopes to develop a sound, long-term and stable relationship with the US.”

He added he hoped to “settle all disputes with the US in accordance with the principle of non-confrontation”.

Speaking to CNN Karin von Hippel, director-general of the Royal United Services Institute, said Mr Biden could benefit China by being more stable than Mr Trump.

She said: “Even though Biden will be tough on China, and will work with partners and allies to have a concerted China policy, his platform says we will work with China on areas where there’s mutual interest, whether that’s climate change or North Korea. And then they’ll push back in other areas.

“So it’ll be more nuanced, but I think it’ll be better for China because it won’t be so erratic and ad hoc like Trump was.”

In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulated Mr Biden on his victory during a phone conversation.

Mr Johnson tweeted: “I just spoke Joe Biden to congratulate him on his election.

“I look forward to strengthening the partnership between our countries and to working with him on our shared priorities – from tackling climate change, to promoting democracy and building back better from the pandemic.”

He also told MPs about the discussion with the President-elect, labelling it a “refreshing” conversation.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Johnson said: “One of the many merits of the excellent conversation I had yesterday with president-elect Joe Biden was that we were

strongly agreed on the need for once again the UK and the US to stand together to stick up for our values around the world.

“To stick up for human rights and stick up for global free trade, to stick up for Nato and to work together in the fight against climate change.

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“It was refreshing, if I may say, to have that conversation and I look forward to many more.”

The Prime Minister also highlighted that he had enjoyed a good relationship with Mr Trump.

However, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage expressed concerns over UK-US relations with Mr Biden as President.

He claimed Mr Biden supported the European Union and would therefore prioritise relations between Washington and Brussels.

Mr Farage added that chances of a trade deal with the US would be hindered with Mr Biden.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said: “Who can forget in April 2016, just before the EU referendum, Barack Obama telling the British people that if we dared to vote for Brexit our country would be at ‘the back of the queue’ in terms of a trade deal because America’s focus would be on negotiating with the EU?

“Well, Obama’s vice president at the time was Biden, and his personal dislike of Brexit has not changed since then. Indeed, Biden is an avid supporter of the EU and his priority will be to improve relations between his country and the bloc.

“Obama used to fly to mainland Europe first rather than the United Kingdom. Biden will do the same.”

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