Six days after Joe Biden was projected to have won the presidential election, China offered its congratulations. According to the Associated Press, foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said, “We respect the choice of the American people. We congratulate Mr. Biden.”
China is among the last major countries to congratulate the president-elect. Wang also added that “at the same time, the result will be confirmed according to U.S. laws and procedures.”
Russia, meanwhile, is withholding its congratulations out of “politeness,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a Russian-language interview on the Russian government-controlled RT channel. “We are waiting for the Americans, not the U.S. media, but Americans to announce their new president,” Peskov said.
Closer to home, Mexico has also not congratulated Mr. Biden, explaining in a press release it would hold off “until legal issues have been resolved and one of the candidates is certified as the official winner of the election by the appropriate local authorities.”