President-Elect, Joe Biden and his Vice President, Kamala Harris, have been congratulated by China on winning the United States presidential election.

According to Bloomberg, the gesture has ended the days of speculation about when Beijing would formally acknowledge the victory.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin revealed in a briefing in Beijing on Friday:

“We have been following the reaction on this US presidential election from both within the United States and from the international community,”

“We respect the American people’s choice and extend congratulations to Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris,” Wenbin added.

Interestingly, China’s acknowledgement came after multiple television networks projected Biden would defeat Donald Trump in Arizona, one of the battleground states where the president has looked to overturn the election.