When asked to respond about US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ historic win, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said, “In China, there is a saying that women hold half of the sky.”
China remains one of the very few countries, including Russia and Mexico that are yet to acknowledge the outcome of the 2020 US presidential elections. Leaders from across the globe have acknowledged the Biden-Harris ticket win, congratulating America’s President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Responding to questions about why China is yet to make a statement congratulating Biden and Harris, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Monday, “We have noticed that Biden declared he is the winner of the election.”
“Our understanding is that the outcome of the election will be determined in accordance with US laws and procedures,” news agency PTI quoted Wang Wenbin as saying.
While refusing to comment on the outcome of the US presidential elections, Wenbin did refer to a Chinese saying when asked about Kamala Harris’ historic win as the first woman vice president of the US. Wang Wenbin said, “In China, there is a saying that women hold half of the sky. China has been committed to realising gender equality and advancing women’s development around the world.”
Spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Wang Wenbin also responded to questions about US-China ties which experienced a new low under the Trump presidency with a relentless trade war and Donald Trump repeatedly referring to the novel coronavirus as the “China virus” among other things.
Wang Wenbin told media outlets, “We [China] have always advocated that China and the US should step up communication and dialogue, manage differences on the basis of mutual respect, expand cooperation on the basis of mutual benefit and promote the sound and stable development of China-US relations.”
It is important to mention that outgoing US President Donald Trump is also yet to make a concession speech. The Trump campaign has in fact, challenged the outcome of the presidential election.