臺灣省 · Taiwan Province
Taiwan Province of the Republic of China (in red).
|Country||Republic of China|
|Established||October 25, 1945|
|Streamlined||December 21, 1998|
|Provincial capital||Chung Hsing New Village, Nantou City, Nantou County|
|• Governor||Lin Junq-tzer|
|• Total||26,330.9577 km2 (10,166.4396 sq mi)|
|• Density||350/km2 (910/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Asia/Taipei (UTC+8)|
|Postal codes||200–206, 260–369, 500–655, 880–885, 900–983|
|Area codes||(0)2, (0)3, (0)4, (0)5, (0)6, (0)8|
|ISO 3166 code||TW|
|Traditional Chinese||臺灣省 or 台灣省|
Taiwan Province (Chinese: 臺灣省 or 台灣省; pinyin: Táiwān Shěng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tâi-oân Séng) is one of the two administrative divisions of the Republic of China (ROC) that are officially referred to as "provinces". The province covers approximately 73% of the territory of the ROC, with around 40% of the total population.
Geographically it covers the majority of the island of Taiwan as well as almost all of its surrounding islands, the largest of which are the Penghu archipelago, Green Island, Xiaoliuqiu Island and Orchid Island. Taiwan Province does not cover territories of the special municipalities of Kaohsiung, New Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, and Taipei, all of which are located geographically within the main island of Taiwan. It also does not include the counties of Kinmen and Lienchiang, which are located alongside the southeast coast of China and administered as a separate Fujian Province (not to be confused with Fujian Province, China).
Historically Taiwan Province covers the entire island of Taiwan and all its associated islands. All the special municipalities were split off from the province between 1967 and 2010. Since 1997 most of the Taiwan provincial government's functions have been transferred to the central government of the Republic of China following a constitutional amendment. The Taiwan provincial government has effectively become a nominal institution under the Executive Yuan's administration.
The People's Republic of China (PRC) regards itself as the "successor state" of the Republic of China (ROC), which the PRC claims no longer legitimately exists, following establishment of the PRC in mainland China. The PRC asserts itself to be the sole legitimate government of China, and claims Taiwan as its 23rd province, even though the PRC itself has never had control of Taiwan or other ROC-held territories. The ROC disputes this position, maintaining that it still legitimately exists and that the PRC has not succeeded it to sovereignty.
In 1683, following a naval engagement with Admiral Shi Lang, Koxinga's (Cheng Ch'eng Kung) grandson Zheng Keshuang and ruler of Taiwan submitted to the Qing Dynasty (then romanised as Ch'ing Dynasty). Then the Qing Dynasty ruled the Taiwanese archipelago (including Penghu Archipelago) as Taiwan Prefecture of Fujian Province. In 1875, Taipei Prefecture was separated from Taiwan Prefecture. In 1885, the Taiwanese archipelago including Penghu was split from Fujian and made a separate province.
In 1895, the entire Taiwan Province, including Penghu, was ceded to Japan following the First Sino-Japanese War through the Treaty of Shimonoseki. Under Japanese rule, the province was abolished in favour of Japanese-style divisions. After the surrender of Japan in 1945, the Republic of China (ROC) obtained control of Taiwan. The way that the ROC obtained Taiwan is a subject of controversy that gave root to the complex unresolved political status of Taiwan and the Taiwan Independence movement.
The ROC government immediately established Taiwan Provincial Government under first Chief Executive and government-general Chen Yi in September 1945, becoming a province a second time. Chen was extremely unpopular and his rule led to an uprising - the 228 incident. Chen was recalled in May 1947 and the government-general position was abolished.
When the Republic of China government was relocated to Taipei in 1949 as a result of the Kuomintang's (KMT) defeat by the Chinese Communist Party forces in the Chinese Civil War, the provincial administration remained in place under the claim that the ROC was still the government of all of China even though the opposition argued that it overlapped inefficiently with the national government.
The seat of the provincial government was moved from Taipei to Zhongxing New Village (Chunghsing Village) in 1956. Historically Taiwan Province covers the entire island of Taiwan and all its associated islands. The city of Taipei was split off to become a province-level municipality in 1967, and the city of Kaohsiung was split off in 1979 to become another province-level municipality. In December 2010, Kaohsiung County left the province and merged with the original Kaohsiung City to become an expanded Kaohsiung City, Taipei County became the province-level municipality "New Taipei". The cities and counties of Taichung and Tainan were also merged, respectively, and elevated to province level.
Until 1992, the governor of Taiwan province was appointed by the ROC central government. The office was often a stepping stone to higher office.
In 1992, the post of the governor of the province was opened to election. The then-opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) agreed to retain the province with an elected governor in the hopes of creating a "Yeltsin effect" in which a popular local leader could overwhelm the national government. These hopes proved unfulfilled as then-Kuomintang member James Soong was elected governor of the Taiwan province by a wide margin, defeating the DPP candidate Chen Ding-nan.
In 1997, as the result of an agreement between the KMT and the DPP, the administration of the province was streamlined and curtailed by constitutional changes. For example, the post of provincial governor and the provincial assembly were both abolished and replaced with a nine-member special council. Although the stated purpose was administrative efficiency, Soong and his supporters claim that it was actually intended to destroy James Soong's power base and eliminate him from political life, though it did not have this effect. In addition, the provincial legislature was abolished, while the Legislative Yuan was expanded to include some of the former provincial legislators.
The provincial administration has been greatly streamlined in 1998, and handed most of its power to the central government. The counties and provincial cities under the province then became the primary administrative divisions in the country. In contrast to the past where the head of Taiwan province was considered a major official, the Governor of the Taiwan Provincial Government after 1999 has been considered a very minor position.
Since the streamlining of the Taiwan Provincial Government in 1998, the government has been headed by a provincial council of nine members, led by the provincial governor. The members of the Provincial Council are all appointed by the president. The major operations of the provincial government, such as managing provincial highways and the Bank of Taiwan, have been transferred to the Executive Yuan.
|1||Changhua County||彰化縣||Zhānghuà xiàn||Chiong-hoà koān||Chông-fa yen|
|2||Chiayi City||嘉義市||Jiāyì shì||Ka-gī chhī||Kâ-ngi sṳ|
|3||Chiayi County||嘉義縣||Jiāyì xiàn||Ka-gī koān||Kâ-ngi yen|
|4||Hsinchu City||新竹市||Xīnzhú shì||Sin-tek chhī||Sîn-tsuk yen|
|5||Hsinchu County||新竹縣||Xīnzhú xiàn||Sin-tek koān||Sîn-tsuk sṳ|
|6||Hualien County||花蓮縣||Huālián xiàn||Hoa-liân koān||Fâ-lièn yen|
|7||Keelung City||基隆市||Jīlóng shì||Ke-lâng chhī||Kî-lùng sṳ|
|8||Miaoli County||苗栗縣||Miáolì xiàn||Biâu-le̍k koān||Mèu-li̍t yen|
|9||Nantou County||南投縣||Nántóu xiàn||Lâm-tâu koān||Nàm-thèu yen|
|10||Penghu County||澎湖縣||Pénghú xiàn||Phêⁿ-ô͘ koān||Phàng-fù yen|
|11||Pingtung County||屏東縣||Píngdōng xiàn||Pîn-tong koān||Phìn-tûng yen|
|12||Taitung County||臺東縣||Táidōng xiàn||Tâi-tang koān||Thòi-tûng yen|
|13||Taoyuan County||桃園縣||Táoyuán xiàn||Thô-hn̂g koān||Thò-yèn yen|
|14||Yilan County||宜蘭縣||Yílán xiàn||Gî-lân koān||Ngì-làn yen|
|15||Yunlin County||雲林縣||Yúnlín xiàn||Hûn-lîm koān||Yùn-lìm yen|
Note: The cities of Kaohsiung, New Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, and Taipei are administered directly by the central government and are not part of Taiwan province.The Senkaku Islands, which is currently administered by Japan is disputed by both the ROC and PRC which claims them as Tiaoyutai/Diaoyutai Islands. The ROC government claims them as part of Toucheng Township, Yilan County.
Decisions by the Executive Yuan since 1945:
|Dec. 25, 1945||8||9||
|Aug. 16, 1950||16||8||
|Dec. 1, 1951||16||5||Downgrade Changhua, Hsinchu, and Pintung to county-controlled cities|
|Jul. 1, 1967||16||4||Taipei became the first Taiwanese special municipality|
|Nov. 11, 1967||16||4||All county seats (originally towns) upgraded to county-controlled cities.|
|Jul. 1, 1979||16||3||Kaohsiung became the second Taiwanese special municipality|
|Jul. 1, 1982||16||5||Upgrade Chiayi and Hsinchu to provincial cities (approved on April 23, 1981)|
|Dec. 25, 2010||12||3||Upgrade Kaohsiung, New Taipei, Taichung, Tainan to special municipalities, which covers four counties (Kaohsiung, Taichung, Tainan, Taipei) and two provincial cities (Taichung and Tainan).|
Governor of the Province
Official titles of the governor
|Chief Executive of
|The position of Chief Executive was temporarily part of the Executive Yuan, the position was legalized in Taiwan Provincial Administrative Executive Office Organizational Outline (臺灣省行政長官公署組織條例 Táiwān-shěng xíngzhèng zhǎngguān gōngshǔ zǔzhī tiáolì) of September 20, 1945.|
|Chairman of Taiwan
|After the 228 Incident, the Administrative Executive Office was reformed to a provincial government. The title often abbreviate as 省主席 shěngzhǔxí.|
|During the democratic reforms, the title "Governor" was first legally used in the Self-Governance Law for Provinces and Counties (省縣自治法) of July 29, 1994. The governor was directly elected by the people of the province.|
|Chairman of Taiwan
|Since the streamlining of the Taiwan Provincial Government in 1998, the government has been headed by a provincial council of nine members, led by the provincial governor. The members of the Provincial Council are all appointed by the president. The major operations of the provincial government, such as managing provincial highways and the Bank of Taiwan, have been transferred to the Executive Yuan.|
List of Governors
|No.||Governor||Chinese||Mandarin (Pinyin)||Term in office|
|Chen Yi||陳儀||Chén Yí||August 29, 1945 – April 22, 1947|
|Chairman of the Provincial Government|
|1||Wey Daw-ming||魏道明||Wèi Dàomíng||May 16, 1947 – January 5, 1949|
|2||Chen Cheng||陳誠||Chén Chéng||January 5, 1949 – December 21, 1949|
|3||Wu Kuo-chen||吳國楨||Wú Guózhēn||December 21, 1949 – April 16, 1953|
|4||Yu Horng-jiun||俞鴻鈞||Yú Hóngjūn||April 16, 1953 – June 7, 1954|
|5||Yen Chia-kan||嚴家淦||Yán Jiāgàn||June 7, 1954 – August 16, 1957|
|6||Chow Chih-jou||周至柔||Zhōu Zhìróu||August 16, 1957 – December 1, 1962|
|7||Huang Chieh||黃杰||Huáng Jié||December 1, 1962 – July 5, 1969|
|8||Chen Ta-ching||陳大慶||Chén Dàqìng||July 5, 1969 – June 6, 1972|
|9||Shien Tung-min||謝東閔||Xiè Dōngmǐn||June 6, 1972 – May 20, 1978|
|10||Lin Yang-kang||林洋港||Lín Yánggǎng||June 12, 1978 – December 5, 1981|
|11||Lee Teng-hui||李登輝||Lǐ Dēnghuī||December 5, 1981 – May 20, 1984|
|acting||Liu Chao-tien||劉兆田||Liú Zhàotián||May 20, 1984 – June 8, 1984|
|12||Chiu Chuang-huan||邱創煥||Qīu Chuànghuàn||June 9, 1984 – June 16, 1990|
|13||Lien Chan||連戰||Lián Zhàn||June 16, 1990 – February 25, 1993|
|14||James Soong||宋楚瑜||Sòng Chǔyú||March 20, 1993 – December 20, 1994|
|1||James Soong||宋楚瑜||Sòng Chǔyú||December 20, 1994 – December 21, 1998|
|Chairman of the Provincial Government|
|15||Chao Shou-po||趙守博||Zhào Shǒubó||December 21, 1998 – May 20, 2000|
|16||Chang Po-ya||張博雅||Zhāng Bóyǎ||May 20, 2000 – February 1, 2002|
|17||Fan Kuang-chun||范光群||Fàn Guāngqún||February 1, 2002 – October 13, 2003|
|18||Lin Kuang-hua||林光華||Lín Guānghuá||October 13, 2003 – January 25, 2006|
|19||Lin Si-yao||林錫耀||Lín Xíyào||December 7, 2007 – May 19, 2008|
|20||Tsai Hsun-hsiung||蔡勳雄||Cài Xūnxióng||May 20, 2008 – September 10, 2009|
|21||Chang Jin-fu||張進福||Zhāng Jìnfú||September 10, 2009 – February 26, 2010|
|22||Lin Junq-tzer||林政則||Lín Zhèngzé||February 26, 2010 – present|
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