China congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden on Friday nearly a week after he was declared winner of the American election.
US-China ties have grown increasingly strained in recent years under the administration of incumbent Donald Trump, and relations are as icy as at any time since formal ties were established four decades ago.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, said the country was aware the poll will eventually be decided in court.
“We respect the choice of the American people. We express our congratulations to Mr Biden and Ms Harris,” said foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin at a regular press briefing, referring to incoming vice president Kamala Harris.
Wang said China understands “the result of the US election will be determined in accordance with US laws and procedures”.
China was previously among a handful of major countries including Russia and Mexico that had not congratulated the president-elect, with Beijing commenting earlier this week simply that it had “noticed Mr Biden declared he is the winner”.
China and America under President Donald Trump seemed not to have the best relations.
They repeatedly attacked each other on issues bordering on trade, foreign policies, human rights, and COVID-19.
Trump many times has accused China of causing the pandemic.