What Chinese State Media Has Said About a Joe Biden Presidency

Since news networks projected Joe Biden would defeat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, China's state-run media outlets have made several comments about the outcome.

An article Sunday in the Global Times, a hawkish English-language tabloid, cited various Chinese experts on the matter, writing:

While the world displays a growing sense of expectation for the 46th president of the US, some Chinese experts considered the outcome offers some 'breathing room' for the tense China-US relation."

Jin Canrong, associate dean of the School of International Studies at the Renmin University of China in Beijing, told the Global Times that Biden will usher in a 'buffer period' for China-US relations - relations may still worsen, but not as quickly.

"Biden will be more moderate and mature in handling foreign affairs," Jin said, according to the state-run newspaper.

Da Wei, director of the Center for Strategic and International Security Studies at the University of International Relations in Beijing, told the Global Times, "Biden's China policy will be built upon the Trump era. In fact, a fundamental change in China policy is probably the major political legacy left over from the Trump administration."

Prior to the article, the Global Times suggested in a Sunday tweet there was an international sense of relief over Biden's win: "The Trump era is seemingly over. Leaders of mutiple [sic] countries already sent CONGRATULATIONS to @JoeBiden to be next US President," including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Joe Biden speaks with the Covid-19 Advisory Council during a briefing at The Queen theatre on November 9 in Wilmington, Delaware. China's state-run media has weighed in on his projected victory against Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election. Angela Weiss/Getty

On the social media platform Weibo, Global Times Editor in Chief Hu Xijin weighed in on Trump's refusal to concede, writing that "American society is now highly divided, which creates the soil for further political derailment," according to The New York Times.

Prior to networks projecting Biden's victory Saturday, Hu shared a tweet on November 4 from another user who shared their opinion of what a Biden victory could mean for China.

"If Biden elected, i really sure relation between China and USA gonna be normalized. Because Beijing is For-Biden City [sic]," the screenshot read. Hu described the Twitter user as a "smart netizen."

The New York Times also reported that Southern Daily, the official newspaper for the southern province of Guangdong, wrote on Weibo that Biden would likely treat Russia as the biggest foreign threat, instead of China.

"One thing is for sure, things will never return to the way they were before," the post said on Weibo, according to the Times. "The world is not the world it was before."

On Saturday, after Trump falsely tweeted that he had won the election "by a lot," the People's Daily, the chief mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, mockingly responded by writing "HaHa" alongside laughing emoji.

Trump has continued to make baseless claims of voter fraud and has suggested that he is in fact the winner of the election, despite the Associated Press, Fox News, and others having projected Biden to be the winner.

Newsweek reached out to Biden's campaign for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.