Google registers 18 '.中国' domain names

Google registers 18 '.中国' domain names

Summary: Internet giant buys several domain names in China for its various Web products under the simplified Chinese country code top-level domain.

TOPICS: Google, China

Google has registered 18 domain names in China for various Web products under the simplified Chinese country code top-level domain (TLD).

According to a report Wednesday by the National Business Daily, the 18 domain names the Internet giant registered included "", "", "", "", "", and "".

".中国" is the simplified Chinese country code TLD for China, and is among the internationalized country code TLD approved by ICANN.

National Business Daily quoted IT commentor Chao Yueping as saying Google's move may be a sign the Chinese market is still important to the U.S. company.

It currently has limited presence in the country after moving its Chinese search operations from China to Hong Kong in 2010, following disputes with the local government over censorship. Googl maintained its sales and research and development teams in the country.

However, Li Yi, secretary general of the China Mobile Internet Industry Alliance, said Google may only be protecting its intellectual property rights and noted Google never left the country.

Google China declined to comment, the report noted.

An executive from its local office last week said its mobile advertising business was thriving in the country and it was planning to grow this business segment, as more people buy mobile phones and access the Web with mobile devices.

Topics: Google, China

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  • Know your audience

    Very few English speakers know that the sequence of Chinese characters appearing in your headline mean "China". Indeed, not many more have any significant knowledge of writing systems other than the Roman alphabet (sad, but true).

    So no, you shouldn't be using Chinese characters in a headline for an article in an English speaking publication.
    John L. Ries
    • Re: Very few English speakers know that the sequence of Chinese characters

      So what?
      • See the second paragraph

        I thought I explained the "so what" adequately.
        John L. Ries
        • English only, eh?

          Dumbed-down discourse is not going to solve any problems for "English speakers". Forcing someone to at least associate those square-looking characters with 'Chinese' is the very least we should hope they would learn from the article.

          If your web browser can't display these Chinese characters, fix it. If you can't at least recognize the difference between Hanzi (Chinese), Hangul (Korean) and Kanji/Katakana/Hirigana (Japanese), then you aren't helping your country compete, are you?

          Muttering "English only" has become the height of irrevelancy. Worse,it has become dangerous to the prospects of one's country.
          Notas Badoff
  • Re: So What?

    I don't know any Chinese. Yet even I was able to understand what the article was about, yet your comments still make no sense at all.
  • Where did they purchase the .中国 domains from

    Can you tell us what registrar Google used to purchase its .中国 domains please.
    Duncan Dunnit