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China parliament elects finance and commerce ministers

Published Mar 16, 2013 08:32am

Lou is also Chairman and CEO of China Investment Corporation, with at least US$400 billion of sovereign wealth fund under managment. —Photo (File) AP
Lou was the Chairman of China Investment Corporation, with at least US$400 billion of sovereign wealth fund under its  management. —Photo (File) AP

BEIJING: China appointed Lou Jiwei as the country's new finance minister and Gao Hucheng as new commerce minister on Saturday while the annual session of parliament, the National People's Congress, formally completed the transition to a new leadership.

Lou was previously head of the CIC sovereign wealth fund, while Gao was previously vice commerce minister.

Parliament also voted in Xu Shaoshi as head of the state economic planning body, the National Development and Reform Commission. Xu was previously China's land and resources minister.