Jilin Province borders North Korea and Russia to the east, Heilongjiang Province to the north, Liaoning Province to the south, and Inner Mongolia to the west. Previously known as "Kirin" before standardization to pinyin.
In 1932, present-day Jilin Province was part of Manchukuo. Known as the "Kirin Region".
During August 1945, Soviet forces entered Manchuria and gave the Chinese communists control over most of the area. Heilongjiang became the first province to be completely controlled by the Chinese communists and Harbin the first major city to be controlled by them. From Manchuria, the communists were able to conduct the initial phases of the Chinese Civil War.
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February 4, 2018