Ministry of Posts and Communications

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Ministry of Posts and Communications
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Agency overview
Preceding agency
  • Imperial Telegraph Administration
Dissolved1912 (1912)
Superseding agency
JurisdictionLate Qing dynasty China

The Ministry of Posts and Communications or Youchuanbu [1] (Chinese : 郵傳部 ; pinyin :Yóuchuánbù) was a late Qing dynasty ministry responsible for mail and telecommunications and for the Chinese rail network.

Traditional Chinese characters Traditional Chinese characters

Traditional Chinese characters are Chinese characters in any character set that does not contain newly created characters or character substitutions performed after 1946. They are most commonly the characters in the standardized character sets of Taiwan, of Hong Kong and Macau. The modern shapes of traditional Chinese characters first appeared with the emergence of the clerical script during the Han Dynasty, and have been more or less stable since the 5th century.

Pinyin Chinese romanization scheme for Mandarin

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Qing dynasty Former empire in Eastern Asia, last imperial regime of China

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It was established in 1906 through the unification of the Imperial Railroad of North China and other railroads with the postal administration and the recently nationalized Imperial Chinese Telegraph Administration. [2]

Imperial Chinese Telegraph Administration

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In 1908, it founded the Bank of Communications to redeem the Beijing–Hankou Railway from its Belgian concessionaires. The bank was also intended to unify funding for steamship lines, railways, and telegraph and postal facilities. After the establishment of the Central Bank of China in 1928, the Bank of Communications was used to fund general industrial development.

Bank of Communications Limited, founded in 1908, is the fifth-largest bank in mainland China.

After the 1911 revolution gave its name to the Communications Clique during the Warlord Era.

The Communications Clique was a powerful interest group of politicians, bureaucrats, technocrats, businessmen, engineers, and labour unionists in China's Beiyang government (1912-1928). It is also known as the Cantonese Clique because many of its leaders hailed from Guangdong. They were named after the Ministry of Posts and Communications which was responsible for railways, postal delivery, shipping, and telephones as well as the Bank of Communications. This ministry earned five times more revenue for the government than all the other ministries combined.

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