Nov. 9 (UPI) — China and Russia on Monday said they’re holding off on congratulating Joe Biden as the winner of the U.S. presidential election while a defiant President Donald Trump still refuses to concede the race.
Since Biden was projected by all major news outlets as the winner of the presidency on Saturday, Trump has remained defiant and his campaign continues to pursue resolutions in legal channels about the vote counts in some states.
China’s foreign ministry said Monday it will comment on the U.S. elections “in accordance with international practice.”
Foreign Ministry representative Wang Wenbin said Beijing will wait for the result to be concluded “according to U.S. laws and procedures.”
Wang also said the two countries should “step up communication and dialogue, manage differences on the basis of mutual respect and expand cooperation on the basis of mutual benefit so as to promote the sound and stable development of China-U.S. relations.”
In Russia, the Kremlin said it’s “correct” to wait for official results before extending congratulations to the winner.
“Anticipating your possible question about congratulations from [Russian President Vladimir] Putin to the U.S. president-elect, I want to say the following: We consider it correct to wait for the official results of the elections to be announced,” Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.
Peskov said Trump’s legal challenges are the primary difference between Russia’s stand this year and four years ago, when the Kremlin immediately congratulated Trump on his win after a projection was made.
“There [in the United States] they are facing certain legal procedures that were announced by the incumbent president, which makes this situation different,” he said. “So we deem it as correct to wait for the official announcement.”
South Korean President Moon Jae-in congratulated Biden Monday, following similar recognition over the weekend from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Italy Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
Trump is said to be considering a campaign-style tour of “recount rallies” in various states, according to multiple reports.