Beijing noodle restaurant celebrates election win for ‘old friend’ Joe Biden, who visited in 2011

Peter Sblendorio, New York Daily News
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Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election is extra sweet for a noodle restaurant in Beijing.

The manager of the Yaoji Chaogan eatery recalls Biden being “very friendly with Chinese customers" when Biden, who was vice president then, visited the restaurant in 2011.

“We are very happy that Biden was elected,” Yao Yan told The Associated Press on Sunday. “We have already met each other, and we can say that we are old friends.”

Pictures from Biden’s visit to the shop, which is located beneath the city’s famed Drum Tower, are displayed on the walls of the restaurant.

Yao recalled Biden, who dined with his granddaughter, Naomi, at the time, giving a thumbs-up and smiling during his trip.

“After that, everyone applauded for Biden," Yao remembered. "There was the feeling of the joy of laughter, and a cheerful mood. Biden is a very humorous and kind person.”

Biden moved past 270 electoral votes on Saturday to defeat President Trump in the election.

In a speech Saturday, Biden, 77, called the win “the honor of my lifetime.”

“I sought this office to restore the soul of America — to rebuild the backbone of the nation — the middle class," Biden said. “To make America respected around the world again and to unite us here at home.”

With News Wire Services


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