When the story broke that the new Chinese ccTLDs
.中国 and .中國 (each meaning .China) — were approved by ICANN and were managed by the Chinese registry CNNIC, the first question that came to mind was how are these new ccTLDs going to be used?
The smart money was betting that .cn would be aliased to .中国, but I was unable to get anyone from CNNIC to get on the record until today. CNNIC has now confirmed that .中国 would not be used as a separately registered competing ccTLD, but rather it would strengthen the .cn ccTLD which would be coupled with .中国. The statement from the CNNIC service desk was: “Right now, when customers register chinese domain name[s] with [the] .cn suffix, a chinese domain name with [the] .中国 suffix will be given to the customer for free. ”
Ultimately, this may strengthen the value of .cn, which has been in decline. I would caution to be wary of registering .cn domains as ever-changing ownership restrictions lead owners to risk losing their investments. Recently, business licenses and photo IDs were needed in order to register or renew. In some cases, domain owners who didn’t respond to an email within 15 days to verify their .cn names had their domains deleted.
In sum, while China’s progress on .中国 is promising … caveat emptor.
Jul 09, 2010 10 Comments