|Chairman of the Guangdong Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference|
January 2013 – November 2014
|Preceded by||Huang Longyun|
|Succeeded by||Wang Rong|
|Deputy Communist Party Secretary of Guangdong|
2010 – November 2013
|Party Secretary||Wang Yang|
|Vice-Governor of Hainan|
|Governor||Wang Xiaofeng (汪啸风)|
|Born||May 1957 (age 62)|
|Political party||Communist Party of China (1975–2015, expelled)|
|Alma mater||Sun Yat-sen University|
Central Party School of the Communist Party of China
Zhu Mingguo (born May 1957) is a former Chinese politician of Li ethnic heritage who spent his career in Guangdong, Hainan, and Chongqing. Zhu was an alternate member of 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. He was investigated by the Communist Party of China's anti-corruption agency in November 2014. Previously he served as the chairman of the Guangdong Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. He has become the second senior Party and government official to be investigated in Guangdong in six months, following Wan Qingliang, former Party chief of Guangzhou.
Zhu was born to an ordinary family of peasants near the city of Wuzhishan on Hainan island in May 1957, a member of the Li ethnic group. He graduated from Sun Yat-sen University in 1984, majoring in law. Then he was accepted to Central Party School of the Communist Party of China as a part-time student, and graduated in 1988.
Zhu began his political career in August 1974, and joined the Communist Party of China in October 1975.
In 1993 he became the CPC Party Chief of Wenchang County, one year later, he concurrently served as the County Governor; he was re-elected in 1995.
He was promoted to Vice-Governor of Hainan in 1998, he was a member of the party's Hainan Provincial Standing Committee. He remained in that positions until 2001, when he was transferred to Chongqing and appointed the director of the Chongqing Municipal Bureau of Public Security and a member of the standing committee of the Chongqing Municipal Committee of the CPC.
Zhu was transferred to Guangdong in 2006, where he served as Secretary of the Guangdong Provincial Discipline Inspection Commission and a member of the party's Provincial Standing Committee, the highest de facto policy-making body of the province. He was promoted again to become Deputy Party Secretary of Guangdong in 2010, a position he held until November 2013. In January 2013, he began concurrently serving as the province's top 'political advisor', Chairing the Guangdong Provincial People’s Political Consultative Conference, a largely ceremonial post.
On November 28, 2014, state media reported that Zhu was being investigated by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China (CCDI) for "serious violations of laws and regulations". On February 17, 2015, at the conclusion of the CCDI investigation, Zhu was expelled from the Communist Party. The investigation concluded that Zhu had abused his power and said that he had taken "massive bribes" as kickbacks for giving preferential treatment in the promotions of officials in the operations of some businesses. It also curiously accused Zhu of "severely violating the family planning (i.e., one-child) policy." As bribery constituted a criminal offense, his case was moved to judicial authorities for prosecution.
On November 11, 2016, Zhu was sentenced by the Liuzhou Intermediate People's Court to death sentence with reprieve for taking bribes worth 141 million yuan (~$20.50 million) and unidentified 91.04 million yuan (~$13.24 million) property.