Xie Fuzhan

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Xie Fuzhan
Governor of Henan Province
Assumed office
April 2013
Preceded by Guo Gengmao
Personal details
Born (1954-08-09) August 9, 1954 (age 60)
Tianmen, Hubei
Nationality Chinese
Political party Communist Party of China
Alma mater Huazhong University of Science and Technology
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Xie.

Xie Fuzhan (Chinese: ; born 9 August 1954)[1] is an economist and politician of the People's Republic of China. He is the Governor and Deputy Communist Party Chief of Henan Province. Previously he was the director of China's National Bureau of Statistics and the State Council Research Office.[2][3][4]

Xie has an accomplished academic career. He has published many articles in newspapers and journals, held a professorship at his alma mater Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and twice won China's Sun Yefang Economics Prize.[1][5]


Xie Fuzhan was born in Tianmen, Hubei Province. After graduating from Huazhong University of Science and Technology of Wuhan in 1980, he worked as a reporter for the People's Daily for three years. He then went back to school, obtaining a master's degree in engineering from the Machinery Industry Automation Research Institute in 1986. Afterwards he joined the Development Research Center (DRC) of the State Council of China.[5][4]

Xie spent most of the next two decades at the DRC, where he led or participated in numerous research projects. He also went abroad to further his studies. From 1991 to 1992 Xie was a visiting scholar at the economics department of Princeton University, and then completed an executive program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 2006 he completed another executive program at the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge.[5] From 1999 to 2006 Xie was the deputy director of the DRC.[3]

In October 2006 Xie Fuzhan was appointed commissioner of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), replacing Qiu Xiaohua who had been fired for corruption. He held the position until September 2008.[2][3][4] As commissioner he advocated new statistical methods for improving quality of the data. He openly refused to make forecasts for China's economy for fear that any such forecast could affect the data collection.[5]

In June 2008 Xie was appointed director of the State Council Research Office. In March 2013 he was appointed Deputy Communist Party Chief of Henan province in central China, and was elected Governor by the Henan Provincial Congress in April.[2][3]

Xie was a member of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the 17th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, and is a full member of the 18th Central Committee.[2]

Academic career[edit]

Xie Fuzhan is a prominent economist who has won several major awards. He is a prolific writer whose articles have been published at many newspapers and academic journals. His major research areas include macroeconomic policies, economic development, and enterprise reform.[5] He worked on a number of significant research projects in collaboration with the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Asian Development Bank. He has been an advisor to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a professor and doctoral student advisor at his alma mater Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and an adjunct faculty member at Tsinghua University. In 2007 he was one of the three vice chairmen of the UNESCO Statistical Commission.[5]

Selected works[edit]

  • Real Estate: Strategic Development and Countermeasures (2000)
  • Fiscal Control and Reform (2001)
  • Thirty Key Issues Related to Further Reform (2003)
  • Road to Urbanization with Chinese Characteristics (2004)
  • China Real Estate Taxation System (2005)
  • China Real Estate Taxation System Proposition (2006)[5]


  • Sun Yefang Economics Prize (1991 and 2001)[3][4]
  • National Science and Technology Award (1996)[3][4]
  • State Council of China: Exceptional Contribution Specialist[5]


  1. ^ a b "谢伏瞻" [Xie Fuzhan] (in Chinese). China Macroeconomic Information Network. Retrieved 2013-05-11. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Xie Fuzhan". China Vitae. Retrieved 2013-05-11. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "谢伏瞻" [Xie Fuzhan] (in Chinese). Xinhua News Agency. Retrieved 2013-05-11. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "谢伏瞻简历" [Biography of Xie Fuzhan] (in Chinese). People's Daily. Retrieved 2013-05-11. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Wenxian Zhang; Ilan Alon, eds. (2011). Biographical Dictionary of New Chinese Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders. Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN 9781848449510. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Guo Gengmao
Governor of Henan
April 2013 – present