Chinese first lady’s brother to attend uncle’s funeral in Taiwan

A brother of Peng Liyuan (彭麗媛), China’s first lady, arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday to attend the funeral of their uncle in southern Taiwan the following day.

Peng Lei (彭磊), was greeted by staff from the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), Taiwan’s semi-official agency in charge of cross-strait exchanges in the absence of formal ties between Taiwan and China. He was scheduled to stay at a hotel in Chiayi.

Lee Hsin-kai (李新凱), his mother’s brother, died in Chiayi, southern Taiwan, on Nov. 11 at the age of 86.

Lee fled to Taiwan as a student and joined the army at the rank of sergeant after the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949, later becoming an elementary school teacher in Chiayi.

He visited China on several occasions, where he was reportedly afforded high-level treatment by Chinese officials.

Peng Lei will attend Lee’s funeral service at Chiayi Funeral Parlor on Wednesday, paying his last respects on behalf of his sister Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Xi Jinping (習近平) and other family members.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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