Xi Jinping Assures Biden of Non-Interference in 2024 Election
It was belatedly revealed that Chinese President Xi Jinping promised President Joe Biden of the United States during the summit in San Francisco last November that “China will not interfere with the 2024 U.S. election.”
CNN reported on the 30th (local time), quoting multiple officials, that President Xi made such a commitment to President Biden. It also reported that the same issue was discussed last week at a meeting in Bangkok between Jake Sullivan, the White House National Security Advisor, and Wang Yi, a member of the Central Politburo of the Communist Party of China (also serving as foreign minister).
During the U.S.-China summit last November, President Biden raised concerns about China’s election interference with President Xi, and Sullivan also mentioned the same matter to Wang, reaffirming President Xi’s pledge.
Since the incident in 2016 when Russian intelligence agencies hacked and exposed the email account of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was then the Democratic presidential candidate, the U.S. has been on high alert for foreign interference in the elections.
According to intelligence agencies, since the incident, institutions in Iran, Cuba, and China have tried to interfere in U.S. elections, but they have not reached the level of Russia’s “operations.”
In the escalating U.S.-China conflict since the Biden administration took office, it seems that the Biden administration took such preemptive measures to prevent further weakening of relations.
Under the tenet of competing with China without seeking confrontations, the U.S. has been concentrating on handling disputes within reasonable bounds.
China has generally been more passive than Russia in interfering with U.S. elections, but CNN reported recent signs that China’s attitude could become more aggressive.
“If any signs of China’s interference in this year’s U.S. election are detected, it will be a stumbling block to the stabilization of relations that both countries painfully pursued last year,” CNN pointed out. “Despite President Xi’s promise, U.S. officials already perceive it as unknown how much President Xi knows about the activities of vast Chinese state organizations.”
By. Eugene Park