China has recently brought about new regulations requiring compulsory registration of all websites. According to the new regulations, the Domain Name can be registered by persons having business licences. That implies, private individuals will not be allowed to register any new Domain Name and it may also jeopardise the ownership of existing Domain Names held by Individual.
The authorities will place all the Domain Names under the Black List, and only registered Domains would be kept under White List and would be accessible. The reasons provided by China Internet NIC for taking such drastic steps relates to the concerns over widespread pronographic content on personal websites.
The website owners in some regions of China have already complained about inaccessibility of their websites. As all the unregistered Domains, whether local or foreign, are almost bocked, i.e. they don’t resolve.
The Domain Name registering companies offering .CN Domains have already suspeded registering of new domains effective from 21st December 2009