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The Chinese Pretender

From the China Compliance Digest (Issue No. 17: May 28, 2012):

 An article in Legal Daily portrayed Hejin City’s new housing bureau director Xue Xinming as a kind of Chinese Baron Munchausen, constantly reinventing his background to suit the requirements of whatever promotion he was seeking at the time.
According to the article, over the course of his career Xue has given 11 different birthdates for himself, which place his age as anywhere from 43 to 52. As he added or subtracted years, Xue accordingly tailored his work experience and educational background to compete for desired positions.
Legal Daily quoted someone claiming to be a childhood friend of Xue, who gave the official’s actual age as 45 and said Xue’s education ended at primary school.
In January 2010, Xue was given a “serious warning” by Yuncheng City Commission for Discipline Inspection for faking most of the information on his CV.
Despite his censure, Hejin City officials promoted Xue to his current role in February. A local government spokesperson told Legal Daily the warning wasn’t taken into account because it was from another city and its validity had expired.
Source: Legal Daily (法制日报)


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