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China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong Get ccTLD’s

ICANN has now approved the delegation of two Chinese-character ccTLD’s (country code top level domains) to China. Additionally, they approved two to Taiwan, and one to Hong Kong. The requests for the three countries ccTLD’s were approved to move forward in April.

According to ICANN’s Rod Beckstrom, this is a historic moment:

“Just one brief remark and that is to say this is a truly historic moment. More than one out of five people who walk on this planet speak Chinese as a first language. In addition to all the incredible engineering work that’s gone on for many years, the policy work, the work by linguists and the work in the last six months by the operators in China of this proposed IDN ccTLD and the intense work of the board of ICANN and staff and the community have been remarkable. And it’s exciting for all of us, I think, to be here and to see the root truly embrace the world.”

The new IDN ccTLDs and their associated organizations include: