In the midst of tensions with China, Taiwan’s Senior Missile Development Officer was found dead: Report

In a hotel in Pingtung, Taiwan’s southern area, the deputy head of the defence ministry’s research and development unit was discovered dead.

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In the midst of rising tensions in the area, the deputy head of Taiwan‘s research and development unit for the defence ministry was discovered dead in a hotel in Pingtung, in the island’s southern part. The deputy chairman of the military-owned National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, 57-year-old Ou Yang Li-hsing, was discovered dead at a hotel, according to a report published on Saturday by Taiwan’s official Central News Agency. The cause of his death is still a mystery, though, and an inquiry is ongoing.

Li-hsing monitored several missile production projects

While more information regarding Li-passing hsing’s is sought, it should be noted that the incident occurred against the backdrop of rising regional tensions following the arrival of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Taipei and the beginning of retaliatory massive military exercises by Beijing. He reportedly kept an eye on a number of missile production projects while visiting Pingtung for business.

The National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, a military-owned organisation in Taiwan, is reportedly seeking to increase the island’s annual missile production capacity to close to 500 this year in response to Chinese threats. Beijing has strengthened its focus on the so-called “One China” policy and its aggression toward Taiwan, particularly in recent months. In retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, China is currently conducting extensive military exercises around Taiwan.

Taiwan accused China’s military of ‘simulating’ an attack on its main island

On Saturday, as Beijing conducted its military drills in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei, Taiwan accused China’s military of “simulating” an attack on its main island. Pelosi, the first US House Speaker to visit Taiwan in 25 years, defended the island’s sovereignty and security as relations between the US and China deteriorated. Beijing’s “unprecedented” response was to accuse the US of undermining the “One China” policy and announce extensive military exercises encircling Taiwan.

All branches of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China participated in these drills, which began on Thursday after Pelosi left the island in less than 18 hours, and traversed the island for the first time on Friday. In response to Pelosi’s visit, China announced it will withdraw from a number of negotiations and agreements of cooperation with the United States in addition to placing trade restrictions on Taiwan. On Saturday, Beijing conducted its extensive military exercises for a third day.