Baidu has received official approval (in Chinese) from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) to be the managing entity of its top-level domain (TLD) .BAIDU. This means Baidu will be responsible for future registrations of domain names in the .BAIDU domain, as well as the operation, maintenance, and management of the .BAIDU server.

In the future, it is expected that Baidu-associated domains will be transferred to .BAIDU. According to the MIIT, as the new TLD’s manager, Baidu should continue to enhance and enforce rules to better regulate domain name registration activities. Baidu should also continue to improve the quality of its domain operation, maintenance, management, and services. The MIIT requires Baidu to provide quarterly reports on .BAIDU’s operation status, including the number of domain name registrations, business development, and security operation status.

The establishment of the new TLD comes as good news for the Chinese internet giant, as it is an effective way to improve its brand influence and increase brand awareness. The MIIT has given the green light to several other Chinese companies to manage and launch TLDs this year. Earlier this month, internet top-level domain operator Minds + Machines Group was granted permission to launch four new top-level domains in China: .FASHION, .FIT, .YOGA and .LUXE.

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.