China Says It Has No Intention Of Investigating Trump's Political Rival
While Democrats and Republicans debate whether President Donald Trump was serious in asking China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, Chinese officials have rejected the idea, according to The Hill.
On Tuesday, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told the South China Morning Post that “China has long pursued the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries.”
“We have no intention of intervening in the domestic affairs of the United States. Our position is consistent and clear,” Shuang added.
Trump said last week that the former vice president and his son, Hunter Biden, are “crooked” and worthy of investigating.
“I would say that [Ukrainian] President [Volodymyr] Zelensky, if it were me, I would recommend they start an investigation into the Bidens. Because nobody doubts they weren't crooked," he told reporters.
The president then went on to ask China to also “start an investigation into the Bidens.”
Republicans have countered that Trump was not being serious when he made the statement, saying that the president was merely trying to rile up the press.
For his part, Trump said that he had not officially asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to launch a probe into his potential 2020 rival but said it is “certainly something we can start thinking about.”
Trump currently faces an impeachment inquiry in the House over his request that Ukraine investigate the Bidens, as well as the possibility he withheld U.S. military aid to the country in an effort to apply pressure.