I believe the proposal is akin to split horizon DNS, but rather than having custom resolution for inside your company, you have custom resolution for inside your country.
Obviously China realises that the US and other countries who control the root domain servers are in the privilaged position of typically wanting to actually serve up root domain data, rather than presumably how China'd do it, with traffic analysis and censorship.
To take a UK example, if the UK ran its own root domain controllers, all UK domain controllers, e.g. controlled by ISPs could be effected by UK DNS blocks against the pirate bay, without actually having to actively engage with said UK ISPs like they have to currently.
Now the Americans havn't abused their use of the root DNS servers yet - or have they? Could the amount of queries through to questionable-jihadist-site.com or anti-capitalist-discussion.net statistics be shared with the US government to gauge the activity of websites otherwise outside of their control? The more I think about it, I suspect this is happening.
Let's face it, DNS is getting political, I then read an interesting comment:
Peroxyde wrote:I think the best thing for Internet freedom would be to have root servers in international territory, perhaps governed by the UN. Unfortunately that's pie in the sky thinking, I have my doubts that the Yankees will cede control of the root servers any time soon.
I wonder if an international body would actually be better than the US government? Thoughts please!