The presidential elections in 2020 are dragging on for a second day as the votes are still being counted and both sides have indicated that they have won the race, with developments attracting the attention of allies and opponents worldwide alike.
President Donald Trump has declared victory and vowed to take the competition to the Supreme Court to stop counting the votes he deemed illegal in the states where he was ahead on election night, while insisting that counting continue in the states where he was behind.
His rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, also said he considered himself the winner of the fight, but wanted to wait with a formal declaration of victory until all the ballots had been counted.
Most of the media agree that the election now boils down to several key states. However, with no final end in sight, the world is watching spellbound, but many hesitate to comment on the uncertain situation.
Chinese State Department spokesman Wang Wenbin, during a regular press conference on Wednesday, “noted that the U.S. presidential election is still ongoing and the result is not yet known.
Asked if he had a preference regarding the outcome, Wang reaffirmed his country’s neutrality despite a sharp deterioration in relations between Washington and Beijing under the Trump administration.
“The U.S. presidential elections are the internal affairs of the country,” he told reporters. “China is not taking a position on this.”
The French Foreign Ministry held a press conference on Wednesday asking the spokesman what Paris hoped for from the person who won the White House in terms of US-European relations. The speaker did not address the race directly, but instead emphasized that there would be no change in French and European efforts to strengthen this partnership, which has suffered under Trump’s “American First” approach.
“We have no comments to make on the results of the general elections in the United States. It is up to the relevant US institutions to announce the results,” said the spokesman. “Transatlantic relations with the United States are and will remain a priority for France and the Europeans,” said the spokesman.
He quoted French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who, “during his speech at the GLOBSEC Forum in Bratislava, emphasized that we are determined to continue our efforts to strengthen European capacities and policies that form the basis for a strengthened and long-term transatlantic relationship”.
In a series of tweets published on Wednesday, Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas addressed some of the challenges facing a historic vote in the U.S. where there have been fluctuations in the dynamics between the two candidates.
“From what we have seen so far, it is a very close race between President Trump and Joe Biden. In many places the votes are still being counted and the postal vote is still pending,” Maas wrote. “It would be premature to comment on the election today.”
But since the candidates were divided, he urged that trust be restored within a divided nation.
“Voter turnout in the U.S. was historically high in this election – unfortunately, so was polarization,” Maas said. “That is why it is important that all politicians who reach the people directly create trust in the election process and the results of the elections”.
He expressed the hope for a stable result.
“We have great respect for the way America has approached the challenges of organizing and conducting elections in this huge country in the coronavirus pandemic,” said Maas. “We are now waiting for the elections to be properly concluded”.
Democracy, he believed, would triumph.
“America is a strong democracy, which with its ‘checks and balances’ in the past has repeatedly proven that it works even in difficult situations and can resolve critical issues according to democratic principles,” said Mass.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani mentioned the elections in the USA during his cabinet meeting on Wednesday. He noted that although he would not make his country’s policy dependent on the results of the race, there could very well be something important for Tehran at stake.
“The government’s decisions are based on domestic production and mainly on non-oil exports and the nature and manner of the production.