.ASIA domain names are now licensed for sale in China, the Hong Kong-based DotAsia Organisation announced in February. Following receiving accreditation from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), .asia domain names are now legally able to be registered through Chinese registrars and resellers and hosted with Chinese webhosters.
“We are very excited to be in China again and look forward to taking our work with Chinese retail partners to the next level,” said Edmon Chung, CEO of DotAsia Organisation. “China is an important market to the .Asia community we serve, we will be working closely with our long time technology partner Afilias to be there for our local and regional customers.”
“China’s domain name market is one of the world’s biggest and fastest growing,” said Roland LaPlante, Senior Vice President of Afilias. “We are eager to work with .Asia in this thriving digital market going forward.”
The move follows the announcement, also in February, of 20 of Afilias’ gTLDs to be licensed for sale in China.
In their announcement, DotAsia note that with China’s 21st century development strategy, the .Asia extension resonates with the country’s vision of an enhanced regional connectivity. .Asia domains are perfect for companies doing business in Asia, and also for those that want to reach out to Asian communities across the globe.
In 2017, DotAsia suspended retail sales in China out of respect for the MIIT’s licensing policy.