From the Boston Globe (link):
Internet authorities in China have set up a new family of Chinese-language alternatives to .com and other popular Internet address domains. It’s a move that bypasses the US-sponsored organization that controls address information for the global Internet, and some analysts fear that it could enhance China’s ability to censor its citizens’ access to the Internet.
The Chinese newspaper People’s Daily reported yesterday that the new system will feature Chinese versions of the existing .cn, .com and .net domains. “It means Internet users don’t have to surf the Web via the servers under the management of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) of the United States,” the paper said.