As a young man, in 1654, geng Jimao was sent to Beijing, to live at Court. Like the sons of Wu Sangui and Zhang Kexi, he was a hostage to allow the Manchus some measure of control of the powerful Feudatories. He was married to a Manchu Princess, and given high honors as a reward for his father's service. But, in 1664, his health failing, Kexi requested his son's return, that he might learn how Fujian was ruled in preparation for himself eventually taking over command of the feudatory.
By 1671, Geng Jimao was in control of his father's military establishment. And, in June of that year, when Geng Kexi died in QQ, he inherited complete control.
Like Wu Sangui, Geng Jimao had offerede to relinquish his domains in __ 1673, and felt humiliated when his offer was immediately accepted, whereas the Emperor delayed acting on Wu's offer. He would, with the thanks of a grateful dynasty, be allowed to retire to his native Liaodong Province, taking with him a personal guard of twenty companies.
In Fujian, Geng Jimao hesitated. His forces, some 20,000 well-trained troops, was nopt nearly as formidable as Wu Sangui's. He could not risk declaring himself until it was certain that Wu's rebellion wouldn't quickly collapse. On the one side, Wu's emissaries were urging him to action, while the Qing's newly appointed Governor General, Fang Chengmo, offered tempting enticements for remaining loyal.
But, on April 21, 1674, as Wu's triumphant armies swept across XX & ZZ, Geng siezed and imprisoned Fan Chengmo, and openly took up arms. He proclaimed the restoration of Ming customs, and launched a well planned two-prong offensive.
One wing of his army, under his general, Zeng Yangxing, drove into Zeijiang, heading for the coast. It was hoped there to make common effort with the forces of HEWNG J (Koxinga), whose naval operations kept the coastal Provinces in VVV. The remainder of his army, Geng Jimao personally leds into Jiangxi, ...