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Re: [ga] China confirms alternate root for TLDs

On Wed, 8 Mar 2006, Veni Markovski wrote:

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

 ;xn--fiqs8s.                    IN      ANY

 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.


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