ICANN gave approval to Chinese IDNs — for China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
This is a significant development — particularly since China was one of the major forces pushing ICANN to support IDNs.
To give you an idea of how these new IDNs are poised to change the Internet as we know it, I’ve overlayed the approved IDNs onto my Country Codes of the World map.
You’ll notice both simplified and traditional script IDNs for both China and Taiwan.
Here’s my running list of all IDNs that have passed string evaluation stage.