China’s Xi Congratulates Biden, Hopes for ‘Win-Win’ Ties

In this Dec. 4, 2013 file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping (R.) shakes hands with then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as they pose for photos in Beijing. (AP Photo/Lintao Zhang, Pool, File)

Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Joe Biden on Wednesday and expressed hope for “win-win cooperation” amid conflicts over trade, technology and security.

China became one of the last major governments to congratulate Biden. There was no explanation for the delay but some commentators suggest Beijing might want to avoid straining relations with President Donald Trump.

In a congratulatory message, Xi told Biden that “healthy and stable” relations were “the common expectation of the international community,” according to a statement carried by the official Xinhua News Agency.

“We hope the two sides will uphold the spirit of non-conflict and non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, will focus on cooperation, control differences and promote healthy and stable development of Chinese-U.S. relations,” the statement said.