Factory worker to tax chief to finance minister of economic powerhouse

BEIJING, Aug 30, 2007 (AFP) – Starting off as a machine factory worker, Xie Xuren worked his way up through the ranks of China’s ruling Communist Party to on Thursday become the nation’s finance minister. According to the official biography, Xie also boasts engineering credentials from when he served as a worker, technician, machinist and deputy factory head of a Zhejiang machinery plant. President Hu Jintao elevated Xie, 59, from his post as head of China’s tax bureau to replace Jin Renqing, the official Xinhua news agency said.

His promotion caps a steady career of economic positions during which he earned a reputation as a reliable, rather than inspiring, bureaucrat.

“He is very experienced in the financial system, but there are not many remarkable points in his resume,” said Zhang Xin, a professor of public administration at Beijing’s Renmin University.

“From the resume he seems a rather practical person. He began at a basic level and slowly made his way up.”

However before becoming chief of the State Administration of Taxation in 2003, he served on key Communist Party finance work committees that reported directly to the premier.

“This means that he was deemed very reliable a