China, Xing Hua News Agency, 10 December 2000
-- English domain names have brought about much communication convenience, but they do have their shortcomings: firstly, American bodies manage these domain names, which is why the resolution of gTLDs and ccTLDs is dependent on American servers. When domain names and their relevant IP addresses are under absolute control of others, hegemony on the Internet becomes distinct. Secondly, registration and other miscellaneous fees for English domain names are high. Thirdly, English domain names pose language barriers in non-English speaking countries. The foreign language becomes a hindrance to the proliferation of the Internet with the people. Fourthly, English domain names are scarce resources. Scarcity results in frenzied registrations.
In response to these, non-English speaking countries like China, Japan, Korea and Singapore (sic) are developing domain name systems in support of their native languages, namely Chinese, Japanese and Korean. However, most of these systems tie-in with English domain names and are therefore dependent on the English domain name system. Take the Chinese language for example, making input in Chinese characters is much more difficult that in English. Moreover, there is a limited scope to which the Chinese language could be used.
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