China SNUBS Joe Biden by refusing to acknowledge presidential election victory

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.”

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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.