As votes continue to be counted in important states and there are no signs that either of the two presidential candidates is willing to admit defeat, Beijing is wallowing in the uncertainty of Tuesday’s election.
Commentary of the Chinese Netizens: Win-win situation in the US elections. pic.twitter.com/a27DFk3I88
– Hu Xijin è¡é¡è¿ (@HuXijin_GT) November 4, 2020
Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times newspaper of the Chinese Community Party, tweeted side by side images of the impetuous remarks of both Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
“The commentary of the Chinese Netizens: Win-win situation in the U.S. elections,” Hu wrote, referring to the confidence in both Trump and Biden that the election was within reach.
In social media postings hidden by Twitter and marked as potentially misleading by Facebook, President Trump said: “We’re big on the upswing, but they’re trying to steal the election. We will never let them do that. Once the polling stations close, no more votes can be cast!
We are big in the race, but they are trying to steal the election. We will never allow them to do that. No more votes can be cast after the polling stations close!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2020
In a speech, former Vice President Biden said he felt “good about where we stand,” adding, “I am here tonight to tell you that we believe we are on track to win this election.
The head of Beijing’s most militant newspaper spent the night observing the voting. He ridiculed the pre-election polls that had suggested that Biden would easily topple the White House incumbent.
Some observers had speculated that the Chinese leadership would prefer a Trump re-election because of its chaos factor, but Hu’s tweet seems to indicate that any kind of uncertainty and political unrest during election week will do Beijing good.
Trump declared an early victory early Wednesday morning and told supporters in front of the White House that he was prepared to ask the Supreme Court to intervene in the election process.
“We were preparing to win this election. Frankly, we won this election,” said the president.
“We want the law to be applied properly, so we will go to the U.S. Supreme Court,” he added. “We want all votes to be stopped. We don’t want them to find any ballots at four in the morning and put them on the list. This is a very sad moment.”
Meanwhile, Democratic challenger Biden had told supporters, “It’s not over until every vote is counted.
We have a good feeling about where we stand. We believe that we are on the way to winning this election.
– Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 4, 2020
It is expected that the counting of votes will continue in several key states, with several million ballots still to be counted.
In a recent Global Times editorial, the state media suggested to the Chinese public that they were not interested in the 2020 elections, which they called a “show”.
At the time of publication, the U.S. presidential election tended to rank 11th on China’s Twitter-like social media service Weibo, with America’s formal withdrawal from the Paris Accord on Climate Change at the top of the list.