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Province (China)

A province , in the context of [Chinese] government, is a translation of sheng ,, which is an administrative division. Together with [municipalities] , [autonomous regions] , and the [special administrative region] s, provinces make up the first level (known as the province level ) of administrative division in [China] . Provinces are also the first level division of the [Republic of China] , commonly called "Taiwan", though this role has been diminished.

The [People's Republic of China (PRC)] currently controls 22 provinces. The PRC also claims, but does not control, [Taiwan] as a 23rd province. The [Republic of China (ROC)] controls Taiwan, as well as some offshore islands including [Kinmen] and [Matsu] , which form part of [Fujian] province.

In the People's Republic of China, every province has a [Communist Party of China] provincial committee, headed by a secretary. The committee secretary is first-in-charge of the province, rather than the governor of the provincial government.

Map and list of provinces
Administrative divisions of the People's Republic of China. Note: this map depicts only provinces of the People's Republic of China, which are not synchronized with the actual administrative divisions of the Republic of China. The People's Republic of China (PRC) controls mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao while the Republic of China controls Taiwan and nearby islands.

:¹: Abbreviation for each Provinces
:²: in km²

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