China's national legislature on Thursday removed Finance Minister Jin Renqing from office and appointed his replacement.
Xie Xuren, 59, former director of the State Administration of Taxation, was appointed by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress to replace 63-year-old Jin.
"Jin Renqing submitted a letter of resignation by himself," according to government briefing.
President Hu Jintao signed a presidential decree of approval for the replacement and made it public the same day.
Also on Thursday, the State Council appointed Jin Renqing as vice-president of Development Research Center of the State Council, Xiao Jie as director of the State Administration of Taxation replacing Xie.
Xie Xuren, born in Ningbo City, East China's Zhejiang Province in October 1947, was named as the Director of the State Administration of Taxation in March 2003.
Xie joined the Communist Party of China in July 1980. He started work in June 1967 at Zhenhai Machinery Factory, Ningbo City.
From September 1981 to January 1984, he studied in Zhejiang University and majored in industrial economic management.
From January 1984, Xie served as deputy county head of Yuyao County, Zhejiang Province, head and vice secretary of the county committee of the CPC of Yinxian County, Zhejiang Province.
From September 1985, he was the vice director of Zhejiang Provincial Planning and Economic Committee and director of the province's economic information center.
From May 1990, Xie worked in the Ministry of Finance as vice director of policy and programme department, vice director of budget department, director of policy and programme department.
From March 1995, Xie served as Assistant Minister of Finance, vice-minister of finance and president of the Agricultural Development Bank of China and vice-director of the State Economic and Trade Commission.
Minister for Defense Industry
Meanwhile, the top legislature named Zhang Qingwei the minister in charge of the State Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (COSTIND). Zhang Qingwei, replaced Zhang Yunchuan, who will take other post.
Zhang Qingwei, who has a master degree of engineering, was born in November 1961 in Laoting, North China's Hebei Province.
From September 1978 to August 1982, Zhang studied at the Northwestern Polytechnical University and majored in aircraft designing.
Zhang became senior engineer and chief designer at the Ministry of Space Industry in March 1988.
From October 1992, he acted as the deputy chief-designer of carrier rocket for project 921 at the China Aerospace Industry Corporation.
From August 1996, he was the vice head of the first institute of China Aerospace Industry Corporation and vice general manager of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp (CASIC).
From November 2001, Zhang acted as CASIC's general manager and party chief.
Minister of Personnel
Yin Weimin was appointed as the Minister of Personnel to replace Zhang Bolin who was going to retire.
Yin, 54, a native of North China's Hebei Province, has been the vice minister of personnel since 2000. He studied in a surveying and mapping college of the People's Liberation Army in 1970 and 1971 and joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1973.
Since 1978, Yin has been working in the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee and some other government departments, mainly in personnel management. He later earned an on-job postgraduate economics degree.
An NPC release said Zhang, Yin's predecessor, a native of northern Liaoning Province who was born in 1942, had "reached the upper age limit of holding the post".
Zhang has been the personnel minister since 2003.
He became a member of a national group leading the country's long- and medium-term development plan for science and technology in 2003, and a member of a State Council group for rejuvenating the country's rust-belt northeastern industrial base in 2005.
Minister of Supervision
Ma Wen, deputy secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the Communist Party of China (CPC), was appointed new supervision minister.
Ma, 59, a native of Wuqiao county of North China's Hebei Province, joined the CPC in 1972.
After graduation from Nankai University in 1982, Ma worked as deputy secretary of the branch school of Nankai University CPC Committee and deputy secretary of CPC Nankai University Committee.
She began to serve as member of the Standing Committee of CCDI in 1997 and was appointed deputy secretary of the CCDI in 2004.
Ma's predecessor, Li Zhilun, died of illness at the age of 65 in April.
Minister of State Security
Geng Huichang was appointed as the Minister of State Security, replacing Xu Yongyue.