China and Russia said on Monday that they are waiting to congratulate the winner of the US presidential election until the results are official.
China stresses that the outcome of the vote has yet to be determined. It did report that “it had noted that Mr Biden stated that he was the winner of the election”.
“Our understanding is that the outcome of the election will be determined in accordance with US laws and procedures,” a State Department spokesman told the press at a regular briefing.
The Kremlin reports that it has taken note of President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will pursue legal proceedings regarding the election and therefore considers it better to wait for the official announcement before commenting.
While incumbent Donald Trump has yet to admit defeat and has launched several legal processes, many world leaders have congratulated Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris after Democrats were declared winners over the weekend.