Fujian Province, Republic of China

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Fujian Province
Streamlined Province
The parts of Fujian province (depicted in red) which are still in ROC's control.
The parts of Fujian province (depicted in red) which are still in ROC's control.
Country Republic of China
Split of Fukien August 17, 1949
Streamlined July 16, 1956
Demilitarized November 7, 1992
Provincial capital Fuzhou (1921-1949)
Kinmen County (Jincheng Township) (1949-1956)
Taipei County (Xindian City) (1956-1996)
Kinmen County (Jincheng Township) (1996-)
 • Governor Chang Ching-sen
 • Total 180.4560 km2 (69.6745 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 133,456
 • Density 740/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Kinmenese, Matsunese
Time zone Asia/Taipei (UTC+8)
Postal code 209–212, 890–896
Area code(s) (0)82, (0)826, (0)836
ISO 3166 code TW
Counties 2
Website www.fkpg.gov.tw
Fujian (Chinese characters).svg
"Fujian" in Chinese characters
Chinese 福建
Postal Fukien
Literal meaning "Fu(zhou) and Jian('ou)"
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Literal meaning [the Min River]
Fujian Province
Chinese 福建

Fujian Province, formerly romanized as Fukien Province (Chinese: 福建省; pinyin: Fújiàn Shěng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Hok-kiàn-séng, see other names below), is a streamlined province of the Republic of China (ROC). It includes the small archipelagos of Kinmen (Quemoy) and Matsu Islands off the southeast coast of the People's Republic of China (PRC). The seat of the provincial government is Jincheng Township of Kinmen County.

The current Fujian Province under ROC control was once part of a larger Fujian Province, which consisted of a mainland portion and some islands. After the Chinese Civil War of 1949, the majority of the historical province became Fujian, People's Republic of China, while the remaining islands remained under ROC control, which compose 0.5% of ROC's territories.


Imperial China[edit]

The Han dynasty collapsed at the end of the 2nd century AD, paving the way for the Three Kingdoms era. Sun Quan, the founder of the Kingdom of Wu, spent nearly twenty years subduing the Shan Yue people, the branch of the Yue living in mountains.

The first wave of immigration of the noble class arrived in the province in the early 4th century when the Western Jin dynasty collapsed and the north was torn apart by invasions by nomadic peoples from the north, as well as civil war. These immigrants were primarily from eight families in central China: Lin (林), Huang (黄), Chen (陈), Zheng (郑), Zhan (詹), Qiu (邱), He (何), and Hu (胡). The first four remain as the major surnames of modern Fujian.

Nevertheless, isolation from nearby areas owing to rugged terrain contributed to Fujian's relatively backward economy and level of development, despite major population boost from northern China during the "barbarian" invasions. Population density in Fujian remained low compared to the rest of China. Only two commanderies and sixteen counties were established by the Western Jin dynasty. Like other southern provinces such as Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, and Yunnan, Fujian often served as a destination for exiled prisoners and dissidents at that time.

During the Southern and Northern Dynasties era, the Southern Dynasties reigned south of the Yangtze River, including Fujian.

The Tang dynasty (618–907) oversaw the next golden age of China. As the Tang dynasty ended, China was torn apart in the period of the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms. During this time, a second major wave of immigration arrived in the safe haven of Fujian, led by general Wang, who set up an independent Kingdom of Min with its capital in Fuzhou. After the death of the founding king, however, the kingdom suffered from internal strife, and was soon swallowed up by Southern Tang, another southern kingdom.[1]

Quanzhou was blooming into a seaport under the reign of the Min Kingdom, and is the largest seaport in the world. Its population is also greater than Fuzhou.[2][3] Due to the Ispah Rebellion, Quanzhou was severely damaged. In the early Ming dynasty, Quanzhou was the staging area and supply depot of Zheng He's naval expeditions. Further development was severely hampered by the sea trade ban of the Ming dynasty, and the area was superseded by nearby ports of Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Ningbo and Shanghai despite the lifting of the ban in 1550. Large scale piracy by Wokou (Japanese pirates) was eventually wiped out by Chinese military and Japanese authority of Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

Qing Dynasty[edit]

Late Ming and early Qing dynasty symbolized an era of large influx of refugees and another 20 years of sea trade ban under the Kangxi Emperor, a measure intended to counter the refuge Ming government of Koxinga in Taiwan. Incoming refugees, however, did not translate into a major labor force owing to their re-migration into prosperous regions of Guangdong. In 1683, the Qing dynasty conquered Taiwan and annexed it into Fujian province, as Taiwan Prefecture. Settlement of Taiwan by Han Chinese followed, and the majority of people in Taiwan are descendants of Hoklo people from Southern Fujian. Fujian arrived at its present extent after Taiwan was split as its own province in 1885.[4] Just ten more years later, Taiwan Province would be lost to Japan due to the Qing losing the First Sino-Japanese War which ended in 1895.

Republic of China[edit]

During the Chinese Civil War, the ROC lost control of mainland China, including most of Fujian province, and was forced to relocate to Taiwan, while the victorious Chinese Communist forces established the PRC in 1949, subsequently the capital of Fujian was also moved from Foochow to Jincheng. In the Battle of Guningtou, however, ROC forces were able to defend the island of Quemoy (Kinmen) just off the coast of Fujian from communist attack. As a result, the ROC has been able to hold on to a number of offshore islands of Fujian, and has continued to maintain a separate Fujian Provincial Government to govern these islands, parallel to the province of Fujian in mainland China.

In 1956, due to heightened potential for military conflict with the PRC, the ROC central government moved the Fujian provincial government out of Fujian to within Taiwan Province in Xindian (now part of New Taipei), and the islands were placed under an extraordinarily tight military administration due to their extreme proximity to mainland China. This was an unusual situation where the government of a province was located and operating in a different province. With the easing of cross-strait relations between the PRC and ROC and the democratization of the ROC in the 1990s, the islands were returned to civilian government in 1992. On January 15, 1996, the provincial government moved back to Kinmen, on Fujian soil.[5]

Recently, the ROC has significantly diluted the powers of the two provinces it governs, namely Taiwan and Fujian. Most of the authority at the Fujian province level has been delegated to the two county governments of Kinmen and Lienchiang.


Fujian province comprises two counties: Kinmen County and Lienchiang County. These islands have a total area of 182.66 km² and a total population of 71,000 (2001).

The following are the islands of Fujian under the administration of the ROC, given by county:

Kinmen County (金門縣) Lienchiang County (連江縣)
Kinmen.PNG Lienchiangadm.PNG
  • Matsu Islands (馬祖列島)
    • Nangan (南竿島)
    • Beigan (北竿島)
    • Juguang (莒光列島)
      called Baiquan Islands (白犬列岛) by the PRC
    • Dongyin (東引島) and Xiyin (西引島)
    • Minor islands: Liang (亮島), Gaodeng (高登),

The PRC claims Kinmen as Jinmen County, Quanzhou, Fujian; Matsu Islands as Mazu Township, Lianjiang County, Fuzhou, Fujian.


A Fujian provincial branch government office building, in Shuitou Village, Jincheng Township, Kinmen

List of Chairpersons[edit]

Portrait Name
Term of Office Political Party
1 Yang Shuzhuang.jpg Yang Shu-chuang[6]
Yáng Shùzhuāng
1 May 1927 7 December 1932 Kuomintang
Concurrently held position as Minister of the Navy.
Chen Nai-yuan
Chén Nǎiyuán
5 February 1929 6 January 1930 Kuomintang
As acting; head of Provincial Civil Affairs Department.
方聲濤.jpg Fang Sheng-tao
Fāng Shēngtāo
6 January 1930 7 December 1932 Kuomintang
As acting; head of Provincial Public Security Department.
2 Jiang Guangnai.JPG Chiang Kuang-nai[6]
Jiǎng Guāngnài
7 December 1932 20 December 1933 Kuomintang
3 Chen Yi.jpg Chen Yi
Chén Yí
12 January 1934 28 August 1941 Kuomintang
4 Liu Jianxu.jpg Liu Chien-hsü[6]
Liú Jiànxù
28 August 1941 16 September 1948 Kuomintang
5 Li Liang-jung
Lǐ Liángróng
16 September 1948 20 January 1949 Kuomintang
6 Zhu Shaoliang.jpg Chu Shao-ling[6]
Zhū Shàoliáang
20 January 1949 4 October 1949 Kuomintang
FangChiOkinawaMemorial1.jpg FangChiOkinawaMemorial5.JPG Fang Chih[7]
Fāng Zhì
18 August 1949 30 September 1949 Kuomintang
As acting; Member of the National Assembly.
Huang Chin-tao
Huáng Jīntāo
30 September 1949 23 November 1949 Kuomintang
As acting; head of Provincial Public Works Department.

After Relocation to Kinmen[edit]

Portrait Name
Term of Office Political Party
7 胡琏.jpg Hu Lien
Hú Liǎn
23 November 1949 1 February 1955 Kuomintang
Concurrently held position as Commander of the Kinmen Defense Command. Provincial Government relocated to Xindian, Taipei County, Taiwan on 4 December 1949.
8 Tai Chung-yu
Dài Zhòngyù
1 February 1955 21 May 1986 Kuomintang
Longest serving chairperson. Died in office.
9 Wu Chin-tzan
Hú Liǎn
20 June 1986 9 February 1998 Kuomintang
Provincial Government returned to Kinmen on 15 January 1996.
10 Yen Chung-cheng
Yán Zhōngchéng
10 February 1998 21 May 2007 Kuomintang
Yang Cheng-hsi
Yáng Chéngxǐ
21 May 2007 28 November 2007 Kuomintang
As acting; head of the First Division of the Provincial Government.
11 Chen Chin-jun
Chén Jǐngjùn
28 November 2007 20 May 2008 Democratic Progressive Party
Concurrently held position as Secretary General of the Executive Yuan.
12 Hsueh Hsiang-chuan
Xūe Xiāngchuān
20 May 2008 10 September 2009 Kuomintang
Concurrently held position as Secretary General of the Executive Yuan.
13 James Hsueh
Xūe Chéngtài
10 September 2009 18 February 2013 Kuomintang
Concurrently held position as Minister Without Portfolio.
14 僑務委員會委員長陳士魁.JPG Chen Shyh-kwei[8]
Chén Shìkúi
18 February 2013 1 August 2013 Kuomintang
Concurrently held position as Minister Without Portfolio.
15 羅瑩雪.jpg Luo Ying-shay
Luó Yíngxuě
1 August 2013 29 September 2013 Kuomintang
Concurrently held position as Minister Without Portfolio and as Minister of the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission.
16 Schive Chi[9]
Xuē Qí
29 September 2013 25 March 2014
Concurrently held position as Minister Without Portfolio.
17 2008 Taiwan Excellence Awards John Chen-chung Deng.jpg John Deng
Dèng Zhènzhōng
25 March 2014 7 December 2014
Concurrently held position as Minister Without Portfolio.
18 Woody Duh.jpg Woody Duh
Dù Zǐjūn
7 December 2014 31 January 2016 Independent
Concurrently held position as Minister Without Portfolio.
19 Steve Lin.jpg Lin Chu-chia
Lín Zǔjiā
31 January 2016 20 May 2016
Concurrently held position as Minister Without Portfolio and as Minister of the National Development Council.
20 政務委員張景森 (cropped).jpg Chang Ching-sen
Zhāng Jǐngsēn
20 May 2016 Incumbent Independent
Concurrently held position as Minister Without Portfolio.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fukien. (2008). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved December 20, 2008, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/221639/Fujian
  2. ^ 伊本・白图泰(著)、马金鹏(译),《伊本・白图泰游记》,宁夏人民出版社,2005年
  3. ^ "中国网事:千年古港福建"泉州港"被整合改名引网民争议". 新华网. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  4. ^ Skinner, George William; Baker, Hugh D. R. (1977). The City in late imperial China. Stanford University Press. p. 197. ISBN 978-0-8047-0892-0. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Fujian Provincial Government website Archived April 14, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ a b c d Cahoon, Ben. "China Provinces and Administrative Divisions". www.worldstatesmen.org. World Statesmen. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  7. ^ Cahoon, Ben. "China Provinces and Administrative Divisions". www.worldstatesmen.org. World Statesmen. Retrieved 2 October 2015. (In Columns) “(May 1949 - 23 Nov 1949) (Fang Zhi) (Fang Chih) (Nationalist) (at Kinmen from 17 Aug 1949) (b. 1895 - d. 1989)” 
  8. ^ "Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan)-Executive Yuan Officials". Ey.gov.tw. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  9. ^ "Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan)-Executive Yuan Officials". Ey.gov.tw. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 

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Coordinates: 24°25′N 118°19′E / 24.417°N 118.317°E / 24.417; 118.317