World Insight: U.S. election 2020

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    For more: https://www.cgtn.com/video After days of uncertainty, the overwhelming projections by key media give the Democratic candidate and former vice president Joe #Biden the electoral votes he needs to secure the #WhiteHouse. A victory in the key northeastern state of Pennsylvania took him over the magic number of 270 electoral college votes. As Biden continues to receive congratulations from world leaders, President Donald #Trump has yet to concede the race. So will this be the start of what Biden has declared “the time to heal in America”? And what major changes can we expect in U.S. foreign policy once Biden takes office?

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