In December 1954, President Chiang Kai-shek instructed that Hu Lien’s resignation as governor of the Fujian Provincial Government be approved.
In April 1954, Hu Lien came to Taiwan to take up the post of commander of the First Army Command. At the beginning of his transfer in May, he asked President Chiang Kai-shek for permission to resign as governor of the Fujian Provincial Government, but it was not approved. Afterwards, Liu Yuzhang, a provincial government committee member who was also the Kinmen Defense Commander, acted as governor during Hu Lien official absence. In November 1954, Governor Hu Lien again resigned from the position of governorship of the Fujian Provincial Government, citing difficulty in taking care of both the heavy workload of the military corps, and the distance between Taiwan and Kinmen. The resignation request of Governor Hu Lien was reported to the President by the Executive Yuan Premier Yu Hung-chun, and President Chiang Kai-shek gave instructions that the resignation could be approved and that the successor to the governorship should be Tai Chung-yu. This matter should be discussed separately once the Provincial Government has relocated. Later, President Chiang Kai-shek also instructed that for Tai Chung-yu’s succession to the governorship of the Fujian Provincial Government, Vice President Chen Cheng should first be consulted. Chen considered Tai Chung-yu’s qualifications and experience insufficient and suggested that Luo Lie, who was then the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Ministry of National Defense, should be the governor, while Tai Chung-yu should be the head of the Department of Civil Affairs. However, President Chiang Kai-shek still instructed: Tai is the most appropriate candidate, as Luo cannot leave the Ministry of National Defense at this time. On January 29, 1955, a presidential decree was issued for the dismissal of Governor Hu Lien and the appointment of Governor Tai Chung-yu, who took office on February 1, 1955.