.Shop and .Site just received a big holiday gift from the Chinese government today!
The 2 new extensions got government approval from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology today and join .Club, .Vip and .XYZ that got approved in early December.
Approval means that owners of these domain names within China can now apply for the relevant local license to allow their domains to be hosted in the country.
Previously to these 5 extensions, only Verisign (.COM, .NET) had been awarded approval as a non-Chinese registry.
.Site, owned by Radix, has now 569,088 registered domains according to NameStat.org. Chinese registrants own 92.8% of all domains. .Site launch in July 2015.
.Shop announced the approval from China on Twitter:
“.shop to launch in China on January 11 after being granted license by Chinese government today!”