Chinese first lady’s brother ends low-key visit to Taiwan

Peng Lei (彭磊), brother of Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan (彭麗媛), has left Taiwan after attending the funeral of their uncle Lee Hsin-kai (李新凱) in Chiayi a day earlier, according to the Mainland Affairs Office (MAC) on Thursday.

“Based on humanitarian considerations, we provided all necessary assistance to Peng Lei, to ensure his visit to Taiwan was low-profile as requested by Lee’s family. We’re pleased to say his visit went ahead without a hitch,” said MAC Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正).

Lee passed away on Nov. 11 at the age of 86 and his funeral was held on Wednesday in Chiayi. As it was impossible for Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平), to pay her respects in person, her younger brother represented the family at the funeral. Peng left shortly after lighting incense at the funeral service in memory of his uncle, according to Chiu.

Lee came to Taiwan as a student and joined the army after the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949. He later worked as an elementary school teacher.

After his retirement more than two decades ago, Lee, his daughter and son-in-law lived in Chiayi.

Lee led an unassuming life and was particularly cautious after Xi became general secretary of the Communist Party of China and Chinese president. Only a handful of people in the neighborhood were aware he was the uncle of China’s first lady.

Peng Liyuan, a well-known Chinese folk singer, visited Taiwan in 1997, but was unable to travel freely and so invited her uncle, cousin and cousin’s husband to Taipei for a family get together.

She later invited her uncle to China, where he received VIP treatment.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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