Xiao Jie: short and sweet tenure as China's finance chief

Having been promoted to a new role after less than 18 months in office, China's outgoing finance minister can look back with some pride on his progress.

Our Finance Minister of the Year study includes plenty of old stagers who've been in their jobs for years. There are also newcomers just settling into office. But today's entry stands out having taken office as recently as November 2016, he's already been replaced.

RANKED 5TH XIAO JIE, CHINA

It’s hard to provide a thorough assessment of China’s former finance minister, given his short tenure and the increased concentration of political power under President Xi Jinping. As bluntly described by the State Council, “the Ministry of Finance’s remit is smaller than its counterparts in many other countries.”

Unlike his outspoken...

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