Mingju

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Mingju
Minister of Warfare
In office
December 25, 1671 – November 17, 1675
Preceded by Ke'er Ke'da
Succeeded by Tsaisihei
Personal details
Born (1635-11-19)November 19, 1635
Died June 3, 1708(1708-06-03) (aged 72)
Relations Gintaisi (grandfather)
Ajige (father-in-law)
Children Nalan Xingde
Nalan Kuijui
Nalan Kuifang

Mingju (Manchu: Mingju.png Mingju; Chinese: 明珠; pinyin: Míngzhū, November 19, 1635 - June 3, 1708), of the Manchu Nara clan, was an eminent and powerful official of the Qing Dynasty during the reign of the Kangxi Emperor.

Second cousin to the Shunzhi Emperor, Mingzhu came from an aristocratic line that belonged to the Plain Yellow Banner of the Eight Banners. His grandfather, Gintaisi, was the last prince of the Yehe Nara clan.

In 1677, Mingju was named the Grand Secretary, one of the top-ranking positions, and became involved in a long power struggle with Songgotu throughout the middle years of Kangxi's reign. He was related to Consort Hui, one of the Kangxi Emperor's concubines who bore the emperor his first surviving son, Yinzhi. Consequently, he supported Yinzhi during the struggles for succession. He was sent to prison for corruption and various other charges in his final years.

He married one of Ajige's daughters and had at least three sons. His oldest son, Nara Singde, grew up to be a famous poet.