martinibuster - 7:15 am on Mar 25, 2010 (gmt 0)
This is another report [domainnamewire.com]:
On January 5, .Cn registry CNNIC announced without warning that non-Chinese registrars were no longer allowed to register .cn domain names to customers. ...It then re-opened registration to registrars such as... Go Daddy, but required them to collect a color headshot photo identification, business identification (including a Chinese business registration number), and physical signed registration forms from the registrant.
The Chinese business registration would be difficult to obtain considering that GoDaddy.com could not be reached within China because it was being blocked. In essence, GoDaddy was pretty much kicked out of selling .CN domains. You can't pull out when you're already out the door.
Nevertheless, contrary to what the title of this discussion says, GoDaddy will continue to do business in China. They will still sell .com domains, for example. They just won't sell .CN domains.
Some media reports today are suggesting that Go Daddy will no longer offer registrations in China. But to be clear, it is merely dropping .cn as a registration option. Chinese citizens can still register unrestricted domain names such as .com through Go Daddy.
This looks less and less like a pull out the more one looks at it.