China's president Xi rings Biden to 'congratulate him on 2020 win' after Trump alleged shady 'China & Hunter Biden' dealNovember 25, 2020
CHINESE President Xi Jinping has congratulated Joe Biden on winning the presidential election — after President Donald Trump claimed Hunter Biden had shady business dealings with China.
Biden and Xi spoke during a phone call on Wednesday, according to the Xinhua state media agency.
Citing Xinhua, Reuters reported that Xi "expressed hope the two countries could promote the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations."
State media also reported that Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan congratulated Senator Kamala Harris on her election to the vice presidency.
Shortly after Election Day, China's foreign ministry issued a warm congratulations to Biden and Harris on the win.
“We respect the choice of the American people,” foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said, per The Associated Press. "We congratulate Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris.
During his re-election campaign, President Donald Trump claimed that Biden's son, Hunter Biden, had shady business dealings with China.
Hunter Biden was accused of searching out lucrative deals in China and using his family name as leverage.
According to Tony Bobulinski, Joe Biden was allegedly involved in one of the schemes with a Chinese energy company, and was identified as "the big guy" in a series of leaked emails.
Bobulinski, Hunter's ex-business partner, claimed he heard Joe Biden and his son discuss business dealings in China in 2017, the New York Post reported last month.
Biden has spoken to several world leaders in recent weeks.
French President Emmanuel Macron was among the first to offer his best wishes.
He tweeted: "The Americans have chosen their President.
"Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris! We have a lot to do to overcome today's challenges. Let's work together!"
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement: "Congratulations! The American people have made their decision.
"Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States of America.
"I sincerely wish him the best of luck and every success and I would also like to congratulate Kamala Harris, the first female vice president-elect in the history of your country.
"I look forward to working with President Biden. Our transatlantic friendship is indispensable if we are to deal with the major challenges of our time."
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