The funeral of the uncle of Peng Liyuan (???), China's first lady, was held in Chiayi, southern Taiwan, on Wednesday.
Lee Hsin-kai (???) died in Chiayi on Nov. 11 at the age of 86. As Peng was unable to attend the ceremony in person, her brother, Peng Lei (??) represented the Lee family in China.
Peng Lei arrived at the Chiayi Funeral Parlor at 8 a.m. and left about 8:40 a.m. after burning incense and paying his last respects.
The funeral was a low-key affair and the service was not open to the media. The family also employed security personnel to keep the event private.
Hung Hsiu-chu (???), chairwoman of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT), as well as KMT Vice Chairman Huang Min-hui (???) and other KMT officials attended the funeral to pay their respects to Lee, who was a KMT member for six decades.
People First Party Secretary-General Chin Chin-sheng (???) and Deputy Secretary-General Liu Wen-hsiung (???) were also present.
The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was represented by its Secretary-General Hung Yao-fu (???).
President Tsai Ing-wen (???) and former President Ma Ying-jeou (???) sent flower baskets.
Lee fled 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 after Xi Jinping (???) became Chinese president, he was particularly cautious. 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 for cultural exchanges. As she was with a group and unable to travel freely, she invited her uncle, cousin and cousin's husband to Taipei for a family gathering.
She later invited her uncle to China, where he received VIP treatment.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel