The world’s attention continues to be fixated on the hotly contested U.S. presidential election, and Chinese media is no exception. China may not have been a prominent foreign policy topic during the election campaign. Still, Chinese state media and social media are heavily invested in the outcome of the election.
State news agency Xinhua acknowledged Biden’s victory on Sunday with a headline “Biden declares victory after divided election, Trump refuses to concede defeat.” “Several US media announced that Biden won the US election,” the state-owned Beijing News reported on Monday.
The same day, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin responded to Joe Biden’s win by outlining Beijing’s take on the relationship: “China’s position on relevant issues is consistent and clear. China is firmly determined to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests. We always hold that China and the US should manage existing differences on the basis of mutual respect and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs to achieve the sound and steady development of bilateral relations. We hope the new administration will work together with China in the same direction.”
That is similar to the pre-election remarks made by Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng, as quoted by Xinhua: “I hope this election will proceed smoothly. China’s attitude towards Sino-US relations is clear and consistent. Although there are differences between China and the United States, there are also extensive common interests and room for cooperation.”