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Status: Delegated
Manager: HiChina Group Ltd.
Registry Provider: Afilias
Type: Generic
Category: Commerce
Priority #: 236 - Elegant Leader Limited

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.xin is a delegated TLD in ICANN's New gTLD Program. The applicant and manager of the TLD is HiChina Group Ltd. (Elegant Leader Limited). [1] The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on March 7, 2015.[2]

Application Details

The following is excerpted from the applicant response to question #18:

"The intention of Elegant Leader Limited (“Elegant”) in filing this gTLD application is to establish a trusted and reliable namespace in China and in the world. This offers an opportunity for large companies, SMEs, and individuals that are willing to demonstrate themselves as a trusted and reliable entity on the Internet. To fulfill this mission, Elegant expects to align with top-notch registry operator, Afilias Ltd., experienced ICANN accredited registrar, HiChina Zhicheng Technology Ltd., relevant verification and validation agents, and other reputable 3rd-party service providers and neutral associations, to join force and to build a trust-centric .XIN gTLD.

Unlike existing TLDs which may have legacy rules that make some of the registrants data unverified, .XIN aims to verify and validate registrant information at the very beginning of the launch of the TLD, and will do so at an on-going basis. By doing so, .XIN gTLD can strengthen the Internet marketplace in China and in the world with elevated level of trust and reliability for both registrants and users.

Elegant Leader Limited (“Elegant”) is registered in Hong Kong, SAR, China, and is fully controlled by HiChina Group Ltd. registered in Cayman Islands. HiChina Group Ltd. has another subsidiary company, HiChina ZhiCheng Technology Ltd., an ICANN accredited registrar based in Beijing, China. Elegant was setup for the purpose of corporate investment, financing and new business development. Elegant utilizes HiChina ZhiCheng Technology Ltd. in Beijing, China for its administrative and operational functions.


Initially, only Elegant-related affiliates and contracted business partners can be the registrant of .XIN. Eligibility requirement of registrant will be further determined prior to launch of TLD and will be made publicly available. This conservative approach shall help ensure the pre-defined mission and purpose, and minimize potential technological, marketing and operational risks. Such approach, subject to change depending upon a range of external factors, will be reviewed at the regular basis. In most likely cases, the initial period will run at least 6 to 12 months after the launch of the TLD."[3]


  1. http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/program-status/delegated-strings ICANN Delegated Strings -- 11 Mar 2015
  2. Delegated String, ICANN.org Retrieved 09 Mar 2015
  3. gTLDresult.ICANN.org Retrieved 15 Feb 2013