Biden meanwhile has been a strident critic of China's human rights record and analysts have predicted his administration will maintain a hawkish posture towards Beijing.
The White House tempered Donald Trump's praise of Chinese leader Xi Jinping's trade comments, saying concrete action was needed before Washington would consider scrapping tariffs against Beijing.
China's foreign minister called on the international community to oppose the United States' recent trade moves, saying they threatened global economic growth.
China imposed tariffs on 128 US imports worth USD 3 billion, including meat, fruit and pork, as retaliation against taxes approved by US President Trump on imported steel and aluminium.
China's Customs Tariff Commission is increasing the tariff rate on eight imported US products, including pork, by 25 per cent.