A Rarely Known Provincial Government of Taiwan Has An Annual Budget of NT$ 90 Million

A Rarely Known Provincial Government of Taiwan Has An Annual Budget of NT$ 90 Million
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What you need to know

There is a Taiwan Provincial Government in the Zhongxing New Village in Nantou, but most people do not know that there is also a Fujian Provincial Government in Kinmen with an annual budget up to NT$ 90 million (approximately US$2.7 million), of which more than half are staff costs.

There is a Taiwan Provincial Government in the Zhongxing New Village in Nantou, but most people do not know that there is also a Fujian Provincial Government in Kinmen with an annual budget up to NT$ 90 million (approximately US$2.7 million), of which more than half are staff costs.

Staff costs of NT$ 53 million

SET News reports, the Fujian Provincial Government located in Kinmen has jurisdiction over areas including Kinmen and Matsu. According to the annual budget of 2016, the Fujian Provincial Government has a provision of NT$ 93 million (approximately US$ 2.8) and staff costs alone account for NT$ 53 million (approximately US$ 1.6). The provincial government chairman is Du Zi-jun and there are 22 other employees, nine technicians, drivers and janitors.

The Fujian Provincial Government has recently added NT$ 190,000 (approximately US$ 5,800) to the budget using e-meetings as a reason and has purchased 12 tablets. Legislator Huang Wei-zhe says, “If the Fujian Provincial Government still doesn’t change after budget cuts and corrections made by the Control Yuan and Legislative Yuan, then we should just cut the provincial government."

According to the official website of the Fujian Provincial Government, it moved and stationed in Kinmen along with the National Revolutionary Army in August of 1949. It has official jurisdiction over Kinmen, Putian, Lianjiang, Luoyuan, Changle and other counties, but its actual jurisdiction only includes Kinmen and Lianjiang.

The Fujian Provincial Government moved to what was Hsintien City of Taipei County back in July of 1956. After the implementation of local self-government in 1992, it moved back to Kinmin in 1996.

The Taiwan Government still insists on the need of the Fujian Provincial Government

Media worker Cai Han-xun writes in an article that the U.S. government had hoped the provincial government, which was in the middle of the 823 Artillery Bombardment, to give up territory of Kinmen and Matsu. Because Kinmen and Matsu are the bases of “recovering Mainland China,” Chiang Kai-shek refused furiously and even U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles could not persuade Chiang.

In 1994, Nori Shih (also known as Shi Ming-de), DPP chairman back then, proposed withdrawing army from Kinmen and Matsu. As a result, not only the KMT showed no concern but also DPP candidate for Taipei Mayor Chen Sui-bian flew to Kinmen to ease the tension that endangered his momentum.

It is obvious that the past presidents of Taiwan, including Chiang, Chiang Jr., Li Teng-hui, Chen Sui-bian and the current president Ma Ying-jeou, still adhere to the fact that Kinmen, Matsu and the Fujian Provincial Government exist in the government of Republic of China.

Kinmen people mistaken as people from Fujian, China when applying for a U.S. visa?

Liberty Times reports, when Taiwan was announced to be on the waiting list of becoming visa-free when entering the U.S. in 2012, officials of Kinmen government say there were Kinmen applicants that were turned down by the consular officer of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) because they were registered to be born in Fujian.

They want to clarify the difference between Fujian Province, Republic of China (ROC) and Fujian Province, People’s Republic of China (PRC). The U.S. officials should especially note that the ROC passports held by naturalized citizens from China still mark their birthplace as Fujian.

What about setting up a special administrative region?

In 2013, the author of political blog Notes on Kinmen, Ruo De-sui, comments that rather than argue with who should become provincial government chairman people should think about the abolishment the Fujian Provincial Government and how should we adjust the policies regarding the outlying islands surrounding Taiwan.

He suggests the possibility of setting up a special administrative region, or even a Joint Services Center under the Executive Yuan to establish the Kinmen and Matsu Joint Services Center, which seems more meaningful than keeping the Fujian Provincial Government.

Translated by Olivia Yang and June
Edited by Olivia Yang

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