According to information from foreign domain name registration service providers, China Internet Network Information Center has required these providers to suspend new registrations for .CN website domain names.

Webnic, a domain name registrar headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, revealed that it has been notified by CNNIC that effective from January 6, 2010, no overseas application for .CN will be accepted until further notice from the registry.

However, this change only applies to new .CN registrations. Partners can still manage their existing .CN domains. Renewal and registrar transfer requests are not affected.

This is reportedly a new measure launched by CNNIC to enhance its management of .CN domain names.