World leaders hail ‘new dawn’ under Biden as Chinese media says ‘good riddance’

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Leaders say Europe again has a friend in the White House as Chinese outlets hail end to Trump’s ‘toxic rhetoric’

World leaders have voiced relief at Joe Biden’s inauguration, with European officials hailing a “new dawn” for US relations, and Chinese state media saying “good riddance” to Donald Trump, but there were also warnings that the world had changed after four years of Donald Trump’s presidency.

The Chinese government made no official comment on Biden’s inauguration, though President Xi Jinping did mark his election winChina’s ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai, congratulated Biden and said China looked forward to promoting “sound and steady development of China-US relations and jointly address global challenges in public health, climate change and growth”. State media, however, were more vocal in farewelling Trump, with the official Xinhua news agency tweeting:“Good riddance, Donald Trump!”

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