According to a story which appeared in globaltimes.cn, “the Chinese government is stepping up efforts to strengthen management of the Internet with the recent drafting of an “unprecedented” regulation on Internet domain names.”
According to a draft regulation on Internet domain names issued by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Internet domain names with access to China should be provided by domestic Internet domain name registration services, which should in turn be managed by Chinese institutions.
Service providers that are not under the management of Chinese institutions cannot offer domain names with access to China.
The draft added that violators can be punished with a penalty of up to 30,000 yuan ($4,628). Their violations will also be announced in public notices and rectifications will be demanded.
Authorities are soliciting public opinions on the draft until April 25.
“Under the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20), China pledged to strengthen the precise administration of cyberspace and to build a multilateral, democratic and transparent Internet governance system.
What does this mean for domain names owned by those outside of China, seems as the domain names might not work and their owners be subject to fines unless the domains are registered with a Chinese registrar and based on servers inside of China or may mean that all domain name registrars will have to get licensed in China.
Something for everyone to keep their eye on for sure.