China is ready to cooperate with the next president of the United States and prepared to play a role in improving inter-Korea relations, Beijing’s top diplomat to Seoul said.
While Democrat Joe Biden has claimed victory in the US polls, his rival Republican Donald Trump said he would question the results of the elections. Biden has yet to be declared the official winner of the polls.
Chinese Ambassador to South Korea Xing Haiming said on Saturday at the 15th Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity that China looks forward to working with the next US administration, Yonhap reported.
Both countries “should not fight against each other, but work together for human society, and for the people of both nations,” Xing said, in response to a question about China’s position on the US presidential election.
Xing also said China hopes the US election “proceeds smoothly.”
“No matter who becomes [president], since it is an internal US matter we will be watching,” the Chinese ambassador said.
China’s tensions with the United States and neighboring countries did not come up on Saturday. Xing said high-level exchanges between Beijing and Seoul have stalled but confirmed a Xi Jinping visit to South Korea is being pursued in Beijing. China will also continue to “play a role for peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula,” Xing said.
China’s relations with US security partners have deteriorated this year in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and numerous accusations of espionage and stealing from the Trump administration. China could soon begin to impose an anti-dumping duty of more than 200 percent on Australian wines next week, the South China Morning Post reported on Saturday.
TROOP PRESENCE IN SOUTH KOREA
The United States maintains 28,500 troops in South Korea. The US-South Korea Combined Forces Command observed an early ceremony for the 42nd anniversary of the CFC, where South Korean President Moon-Jae in delivered a speech, Newsis reported on Saturday.
Moon said bilateral cooperation on the coronavirus has made a difference and expressed his gratitude to US troops.
“Let’s continue to overcome all difficulties together as we do now,” MoonUS Forces Korea recently warned South Korean base employees could face another furlough next year due to disagreement over defense cost-sharing, according to Stars and Stripes on Tuesday. The Trump administration has demanded a five-fold increase in cost contributions from Seoul. UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL