Gao Hucheng (高虎城) was elected Minister of Commerce in March 2013.
Gao Hucheng, male and of Han ethnicity, was born in Shuo County, Shanxi Province in August, 1951. He graduated from Beijing International Studies University, majoring in French and once studied in the College of Literature of Zaire National University. He received his doctor’s degree in Sociology in Université Paris VII, France in 1985. Mr. Gao is also a qualified senior economist.
Gao Hucheng started his career in 1968 and joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1987. Having worked at the Chinese Embassy in Congo, he went on to serve successively as Vice General Manager of China National Machinery and Equipment Import and Export Corporation’s Branch Company (CMEC) in France, Division Chief of the Finance Division of CMEC, and Vice General Manager and Secretary of Party Committee of China Resources (Holdings) Corporation. He was appointed Director General of the Department of Planning and Finance in the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (MOFTEC) in 1994 and subsequently Assistant Minister and Member of Party Leadership Group of MOFTEC in 1997. After his tenure as Vice Chairman and Member of Party Leadership Group in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region starting from 2002, Gao Hucheng became Vice Minister and Member of Party Leadership Group of the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) in November 2003 and was promoted to Vice Minister and Deputy Secretary of the Party Leadership Group of MOFCOM in April 2009. He was appointed China International Trade Representative (ministerial level), Vice Minister and Deputy Secretary of the Party Leadership Group of MOFCOM in July 2010. Gao Hucheng took office as Minister of Commerce and Secretary of the Party Leadership Group of MOFCOM in March 2013. He is a member of the 18th Central Committee of the CPC.