China allows domain names in two additional new gTLDs to be hosted in the country
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued a decision allowing domain names under .shop and .site to be hosted within the country’s borders. This follows a similar decision issued earlier this month with regard to domain names under .club, .vip, and .xyz. Previous to these decisions, .com and .net were the only generic top-level domains (gTLDs) which could have domain names hosted in China. Without an approval from the Chinese government, domain names in gTLDs can be registered in China, but they cannot be activated or hosted there. According to Domain Pulse, the approval, however, comes with certain conditions for the registries: complying with Chinese domain name management, making registrant contact data available to the MIIT, create a user complaints hotline. and report each quarter on the gTLD’s operation.