China on Tuesday rejected President Trump’s call for Beijing to investigate 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, saying it has no intention of intervening in U.S. domestic affairs.
“China has long pursued the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries,” foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told the South China Morning Post.
“We have no intention of intervening in the domestic affairs of the United States. Our position is consistent and clear.”
While speaking with reporters last week, Trump called on both Ukraine and China to look for dirt on the former vice president and his son Hunter Biden.
“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,” Trump said, before encouraging China to “start an investigation into the Bidens.”
Trump then told reporters that he had not explicitly asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to open an investigation before adding that it is “certainly something we can start thinking about.”
Trump made the remarks amid a House impeachment inquiry investigating his efforts to pressure the new Ukrainian president to work with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General William Barr to probe the Bidens over unfounded allegations of corruption.
A publicly disclosed White House memo of the leaders’ July 25 phone conversation verifies several key components of a whistleblower’s complaint.
Joe Biden’s campaign immediately issued a statement rebuking Trump’s outreach to China, saying they represented “a grotesque choice of lies over truth and self over country.”
Federal Elections Commission (FEC) Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub also reiterated that “it is illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) suggested that Trump was joking, saying that he couldn’t tell if it was a “real request” or part of an effort to get the media “outraged by it.”