Eight new gTLDs approved for use in China

The Ministry of Industry and Technology in China has approved eight (8) new generic top-level domain names (gTLDs), making it possible for registrants to use domain names under these gTLDs:  .work, .law, .beer, .购物 (Chinese for ‘shopping’), .fun, .online, .store, and .tech. Domain names under gTLDs can be used by Chinese registrants only if approved by the country’s authorities; without such approval, domain names can be registered, but they cannot be put to use in practice. The approval also means that the registries need to apply ‘more stringent controls on Chinese registrants’.