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"China's Ministry of Information Industry plans to add three top-level domain names: dot-net, and dot-com and dot-net.
The move puts the Ministry of Information Industry in competition with ICANN for the dot-com domain, although China will use a different character set."
I've owned a bunch of these alternate domain names for a while now. These are not romanized domain names at all. They are the Chinese language equivalent of .com, .net, & .org and were established by China as an alternative for the International Domain Name (IDN) proposed and implemented by the West. The Chinese were rightfully upset by the lackluster handling this solution was given in the outside world so they made their own.
Like one of the linked articles says, these domains are really just third level variations of the .cn domain. For example my Chinese language .com domain also resolves at .com.cn.
If .com, boy that'd be funny but clearly insane.
I guess I can see it happening though, if you're in china, that you start resolving towards .com.cn if you type in .com with a special character set. This will cause some pain for global chinese types, but might not be that big of a deal for local types that are really just interested in chinese websites anyways.
This could cause a mess of confusion. I guess it's how the chinese are trying to break the network effect that icann has by introducing this confusion and leveraging the .com / .net / .org brand.
It's not like anyone can sue them for trademark infringement.
How do you get to webmasterworld.com in China? Do you have to type webmasterworld.com.us?
What about a link to webmasterworld.com? Is it just a romanized set of characters?
I guess nations could start enacting a law that forces ISPs to use a root server which resolved .com to .com.localcountry, but boyo, that'd mess up the internet pretty bad.
Or are you saying that this article is so superbly out to lunch and it's not even .com it's like .<kanji for com? company?> resolves to .com.cn ...?
It's more like this:
also resolves to
example.Chinese characters for com
The system works somewhat like the old RealNames technology did. You need a browser plug-in or certain server software in place. Another example would be the new.net extensions. The Chinese technology works along the same lines.
These are names that resolve within the namespace controlled by CNNIC. The bloggers got it all wrong in this case. This really isn't news. It's a misunderstanding.
Recently,it was reported that China had created its own Top Level Domains, and might be planning to break away from ICANN and the DNS. China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) as the registry of .CN ccTLD, made solemn and just declaration.
Where as, the corresponding reporter lacks the understanding of the real situation, the content of the report is severely inconsistent with the facts...