China has announced it is creating a new set of domain names based on Chinese characters, fueling speculation it may be planning to break away from US-based Internet regulator ICANN and the Domain Name System, ZDNet UK reported. The Ministry of Information Industry launched three of its own top-level domains on Wednesday, each using the domain names .cn, .com and .net in Chinese. Experts are concerned that this move will see China administrating domains with its own separate root servers, which could cause a split in the Internet. Last year, several countries unsuccessfully objected to ICANN’s power over the Internet, because it is ultimately under the control of the US government. The objectors demanded the US share responsibility with the United Nations.