.cn domain names are the domain name for China. If you are planning on doing business with China this domain could be for you
.cn domains are restricted - Please read the following for details :
(1) Without official approval from the relevant state authorities, domain names including words such as CHINA, CHINESE, CN, NATIONAL, etc. may not be used;
(2) Well-known names of other countries or regions, foreign location names and names of international organizations may not be used;
(3) Without approval from the local government at relevant levels, full or abbreviated names of administrative divisions at and above county level may not be used;
(4) Classifications of industries or generic names of goods may not be used;
(5) Enterprise names or trademark names already registered in China by others may not be used;
(6) Names that are harmful to the interests of the state, society or the public may not be used.
(1) Those that are against the basic principles prescribed in the Constitution;
(2) Those jeopardize national security, leak state secrets, intend to overturn the government, or disrupt of state integrity;
(3) Those harm national honor and national interests;
(4) Those instigate hostility or discrimination between different nationalities, or disrupt the national solidarity;
(5) Those violate the state religion policies or propagate cult and feudal superstition;
(6) Those spread rumors, disturb public order or disrupt social stability;
(7) Those spread pornography, obscenity, gambling, violence, homicide, terror or instigate crimes;
(8) Those insult, libel against others and infringe other people's legal rights and interests; or
(9) Other contents prohibited in laws, rules and administrative regulations.
Copy of the Company Business License (See example under appendixes)
Copy of the Company Organization Code Document (See example under appendixes)
Chinese Registrant's and Admin contact's ID document (this can be the Registrant contact's Chinese ID card, driver's license or Chinese passport).
ICP license permit (domain must first pass the auditing process before applying for this permit)
This is a permit issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) to allow websites to operate in China. CNNIC requires this permit in order to activate a successfully audited .CN domain name application. The Chinese authorities have the right to shut down any website that fails to obtain one or have it renewed. Any entity that has a website within China must therefore apply for this ICP permit and will then be provided with the permit document if successful, clearly showing their ICP number. This number is often displayed on the bottom of the entity's website to indicate compliance.
If a Registrant is not registered in China's MIIT ICP Recording system, the domain name will remain on the status "serverhold" (not active in the DNS). This status will remain until the registrant is able to provide a copy of the ICP permit (above) or one of two exemption criteria are met (see below) and a written declaration to that effect included in the application. Ascio will then in turn submit the number to CNNIC. CNNIC will reset the status to "OK
The two exceptions are: (1) The letter of commitment of the usage of domain name for non website purpose. This may be where a domain has been registered for defensive purposes and no website will be necessary. PDF downloadable for the above.
This document contains both the original Chinese and English translation. Both versions should be filled in with the same details, signed and stamped with the official company seal. (2) The letter of commitment of the usage of domain name for website whose server is not based in mainland China. This is where a domain will not resolve (including any forwarding) to a website within China (not including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao). PDF for this as well.
This document contains both the original Chinese and English translation. Both versions should be filled in with the same details, signed and stamped with the official company seal. Please Note: If the domain is subsequently resolved to a website in China then a copy of the relevant ICP permit as described above will be required to be submitted.
If the documents are not received within 5 calendar days of the order submission OR the documentation provided does not pass CNNIC's audit requirements then the application will be deleted.
If your website is focused on China, then a .cn domain would be a good choice as many search engines give priority to country's TLD (top level domain) over others such as a .net when the search is country specific.
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