China has made progress in intellectual property rights (IPR) legislation and law enforcement, according to the country's Ministry of Commerce on Thursday.
The ministry made the remarks in a statement in response to the "Special 301 Report" regarding IPR protection released on Wednesday by the Office of the United States Trade Representative.
China has remained on the office's Priority Watch List for a ninth consecutive year.
Ten countries, including China, India and Russia, are on the list, indicating that the office believes these nations have insufficient IPR protections or enforcement.
"China deeply regrets the move by the United States," the statement said.
The Chinese government has taken a slew of measures concerning IPR law enforcement in recent years, according to the ministry.
In 2011, the State Council, or the country's cabinet, released a guideline for improving efforts in combating IPR infringements and the manufacturing and sale of fake and shoddy products.
China also puts great significance on the protection of business secrets, and encourages companies to step up technological research and development to enhance their competitiveness, the ministry said.
"China is willing to join efforts with the United States and other countries and regions to improve IPR protection in the world," according to the ministry.