Xi congratulates Biden; Xi chairs meeting on PLA training; More questions about the origins of SARS-CoV-2
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Xi congratulated President-elect Biden in a message. The two have not yet spoken on the phone. I would not not read much into the lag in Xi’s message. As I wrote on November 9, two days after major media outlets declared Biden the winner:
It looks like Joe Biden will be the next US President, though President Trump has not conceded and Xi Jinping has yet to send congratulations. If I were Xi I would hold off as well, as given Trump’s unwillingness to concede and the already fraught US-China relationship what is the upside for congratulating Biden now as opposed to waiting a bit longer for things to settle?
The difference in language between the message to congratulatory message to Biden and the one to Trump in 2016 seems interesting.
In his congratulatory message, Xi pointed out …