February 6, 2017 Following the approval of the “.club”, “.VIP” and “.xyz” extensions in China, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has approved GMO’s “.shop” and Radix’s “.site” for registration and hosting in China.
Previously, Chinese registrars could propose the registration of these new gTLDs domains to their Chinese customers but were prohibited from activating and hosting them in China. Approval means that owners of “.shop” and “.site” domain names in China can now apply for the relevant local license to allow their domains to be hosted in that country.
According to Chinese legislation, those wishing to set up or host a commercial website in China must first obtain an internet content provider license (ICP) from MIIT. Only Chinese owned businesses with Chinese business licenses and Chinese/foreign joint ventures (less than 50% of the shares in the joint venture must be foreign owned) are eligible for such licenses.
The latest approvals are therefore good news for domain name registries still waiting for MIIT approval and for businesses seeking to increase visibility in China.
If MIIT approves a few domain name extensions every month, there could be many more new gTLDs available for hosting in China by the end of the year.