Re: [ga] China confirms alternate root for TLDs
May be this has more information: http://www.lightbluetouchpaper.org/2006/03/01/new-chinese-tlds
Yes, I saw that and replicated it, again. But I went deeper and took a look at things like the aa flag.
And yes indeed, there are servers that claim to be authoritative for the top level domain xn--fiqs8:
dig xn--fiqs8s. @cdns5.cnnic.net.cn. any
; <<>> DiG 9.3.1 <<>> xn--fiqs8s. @cdns5.cnnic.net.cn. any ; (1 server found) ;; global options: printcmd ;; Got answer: ;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 32580 ;; flags: qr aa rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 5, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 4
;; QUESTION SECTION: ;xn--fiqs8s. IN ANY
;; ANSWER SECTION: xn--fiqs8s. 3600 IN SOA hawk2.cnnic.net.cn. root.cnnic.cn. 2006030903 3600 900 604800 3600 xn--fiqs8s. 3600 IN NS cdns4.cnnic.net.cn. xn--fiqs8s. 3600 IN NS cdns5.cnnic.net.cn. xn--fiqs8s. 3600 IN NS hawk2.cnnic.net.cn. xn--fiqs8s. 3600 IN NS cdns3.cnnic.net.cn.
It's a somewhat pointless game of semantics about whether this circumstance is a "split" root or not. However, it has most of the characteristics that ICP3 wails about - most particularly names not being globally visible.
I'd say that this situation quacks like a duck and walks like a duck: it's a non-ICANN approved addition to the top level names of the DNS which is visible to some internet users and not to others.
(And this appearance of a new TLD is true without benefit of plugins or internet exploders.)
It may be an experiment, but if so it's a rather large one.