China, Russia remain silent after Joe Biden's US election win

The leaders of global superpowers China and Russia have yet to speak out following Joe Biden's win in a divisive US election.

Biden clinched Pennsylvania on Saturday (local time) to put him over the threshold of 270 Electoral College votes needed to secure the US presidency, ending four days of nail-biting suspense since polls closed on Tuesday and sending his supporters into the streets of major cities in celebration.

Congratulations poured in from abroad, including from conservative UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, making it hard for Trump to push his repeated claims, without evidence, that the election was rigged against him.

But China President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among the world leaders who have kept their mouths closed.

The relationship between the world's two biggest economies, the US and China, has been at its lowest point in decades. Trump has accused China of a lack of transparency about the coronavirus, which first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. He regularly referred to it as the "China virus". The Trump administration also began increasing tariffs on imports from China, its largest trading partner, in 2018 as part of an ambitious plan to force Beijing to curb subsidies on state manufacturing and tough demands on US companies in China.

Biden has not laid out a detailed China strategy, but all indications are he will continue the tough approach to Beijing. He has referred to Xi as a "thug" and vowed to lead an international campaign to "pressure, isolate and punish China". 

"The United States does need to get tough with China," Biden said. "The most effective way to meet that challenge is to build a united front of US allies and partners to confront China's abusive behaviors and human rights violations," he said in an article published in March as the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

But following the election result, Beijing resident Zhou Tianfu told NBC News he was relieved that Biden won.

"We hope there will be peace under Biden," he said.

Putin has also yet to comment on Biden's election win but in a statement last month called for rest between Russia and the US.

"[I propose]... exchanging guarantees of non-interference in each other's internal affairs, including electoral processes, including using information and communication technologies and high-tech methods," he said.

Moscow's relations with Washington had been at post-Cold War lows but Putin proposed the two countries reach an agreement to prevent major cyberspace incidents, something he compared to a 1972 US-Soviet treaty reached at the height of the Cold War to prevent incidents at sea and in the air from escalating.

He also called for the two countries to fully restore communication lines between their respective agencies to discuss key international information on security issues.

Other leaders yet to comment on Biden's election win include Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro and Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan.

Reuters / Newshub.