China, Taiwan, HK get Chinese language domains

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With all the hoopla over the .xxx domain name, we forgot to report on this interesting topic. ICANN also approved the use of Chinese language top-level domains (TLD) for China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

From today, alongside their Latin alphabet-based TLDs, China will have .中国 and .中國, Hong Kong will have .香港 and Taiwan will have .台灣 and .台湾. China and Taiwan have two domain names because one is written using Simplified Chinese and the other is written in Traditional. Hong Kong does not suffer this problem as its name is written the same way in both writing styles.

The approvals mean that Chinese users will now be able to type in their Chinese characters in their address bar, as opposed to writing the Chinese-character website names with their Latin alphabet-based TLD.