HuskyPup - 1:55 pm on Mar 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
which names did they remove?
Well, I'm a Brit and have retained all my .cn names, I complied with their new policies with no problem and all was fine.
There was a huge volume of spamming coming from some of these domains when the Chinese registry allowed bulk registration of many ultra cheap names, if I recall down to about USD 0.10 per name, I'm not saying it was the Chinese doing it, simply that millions of cheap names were registered and used as spam factories.
I'm not too au fait with the precise history, maybe jmcc could fill us in a bit more?
The Chinese certainly had to do something since their own ccTLD was being destroyed by spammers and knowing the Chinese reasonably well since I travel there regularly, they were obviously very embarrassed by what was happening and decided to clean-up their corner of The Net.
One of the perceived problems was that genuine .cn sites were being tarnished with the same spamming brush and were actually being penalised in the search engines. I can definitely say that I have seen a drastic improvement for my .cn sites.