Was this their decision or what their hand forced by the new regulations [webmasterworld.com]?
...new regulations that forbid individual registrations. You now need to be a corporate entity and provide proper identification to apply.
...overseas registrars won't be able to register .CN domains "starting with January 6, 2010, 18:00 PM (Beijing Time). The registration stop is planned to be temporarily. According to the Chinese registry, difficulties in handling the comprehensive new application material are the reason for this drastic development.