ICANN and the China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to forge closer collaboration on engagement efforts in China.

ICANN is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world that coordinates the Internet's global domain name system. CATRR is a unit of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) which supports the government and serves the ICT industry in China.

Under the cooperative agreement, ICANN and CATR said they will work together to improve communication with Chinese communities, align academic and public research in IP address and domain name areas, and exchange opinions on Internet governance. CATR will also help to promote participation from the Chinese community in ICANN activities such as ICANN public meetings.

"This partnership is a testament to how China - a country with over one fifth of the global Internet population and a vibrant Internet industry - can engage and contribute in the ICANN global community," said Fadi Chehadé, ICANN President and Chief Executive Officer. "This marks another milestone in ICANN's globalization efforts after we established our first engagement center in Beijing last April."

CATR President, Cao Shumin and Fadi Chehadé signed the MOU at ICANN's 50th Public Meeting in London, United Kingdom on 24 June.

"CATR is a constructive player in ICANN's community and appreciates ICANN's globalization effort. This MOU will go a long way to promote the mutual understanding," said Cao Shumin. "We believe that this cooperation program will bring ICANN closer to the Chinese Internet users and industry. We are delighted to work with ICANN on such a meaningful program, especially at such a critical transformation period of ICANN."