Emily Murphy, head of the General Services Administration, says she is allowing President-elect Joe Biden to begin her transition to the White House.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday congratulated Joe Biden on his victory in the election among the last world leaders to do so.
Biden will face a number of difficult decisions on US-China policy, including how aggressively to confront the country’s human rights violations, trade practices and regional aggression.
Xi’s congratulations came after the Trump administration cleared the way for Biden to begin his official transition, though President Donald Trump continues to contest the election and make unfounded allegations of fraud.
In a statement to the President-elect, Xi said he hoped the United States and China would “maintain the spirit of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation”, according to a statement from the Chinese embassy in Washington.
China’s vice president, Wang Qishan, also sent a message to Kamala Harris to congratulate her on her election as vice president, the embassy said.
While dozens of leaders around the globe have called Biden to congratulate them, there are still a few hold-outs, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.
A spokesman for Putin said on Tuesday that Trump’s decision to shed light on Biden’s transition was “not enough” to deserve official recognition from Moscow for Biden’s victory. Biden is expected to take a tougher approach to Russia than Trump did.
“You know that the consideration and recount of votes in some states is still ongoing, without which the election results can not be officially summarized,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, according to Interfax.
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The city’s transition also came in gear after much delay and reluctance from the Trump administration. Just hours after Emily Murphy, the head of the DG, said she would allow Biden to begin her transition to the White House, the City’s transition site on Monday night began to exist under a government’s top-level domain.
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On Tuesday, it was reported that Biden will now begin receiving the same daily intelligence briefings that President Donald Trump receives, and his transition team is now communicating with all federal agencies.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Biden said he has not started with intelligence briefings, but will soon.
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