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Taiwan official leading missile production found dead in hotel: Report

A top official of Taiwan Defence Ministry's unit was found dead on Saturday morning in a hotel room, Reuters has reported citing Central News Agency. (AFP)Premium
A top official of Taiwan Defence Ministry's unit was found dead on Saturday morning in a hotel room, Reuters has reported citing Central News Agency. (AFP)

  • The military-owned body is working to more than double its yearly missile production capacity to close to 500 this year, as the island boosts its combat power amid what it sees as China's growing military threat.

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A top official of Taiwan Defence Ministry's unit was found dead on Saturday morning in a hotel room, Reuters has reported citing Central News Agency.

Ou Yang Li-hsing was the deputy head of the military-owned National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, was found dead in a hotel room in southern Taiwan on Saturday morning. 

The report said that authorities were looking into the cause of death.

Ou Yang was on a business trip to the southern county of Pingtung, CNA said, adding that he had assumed the post early this year to supervise various missile production projects.

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The military-owned body is working to more than double its yearly missile production capacity to close to 500 this year, as the island boosts its combat power amid what it sees as China's growing military threat.

Ou Yang's death comes as Beijing presses ahead with exercises aimed at practising a blockade and ultimate invasion of the democratic island after the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi enraged the Chinese government. 

The US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit earlier this week marks the first visit by a US House Speaker in 25 years since Newt Gingrich came to Taiwan in April 1997, while it was also Speaker Pelosi's first trip to Taiwan in 22 years.

Earlier in the day, Taiwan's military said it observed "multiple" Chinese planes and ships operating in the Taiwan Strait, believing them to be simulating an attack on the self-ruled democracy's main island

Following Pelosi's visit, China launched large-scale military drills as well as multiple ballistic missiles into waters to the northeast and southwest of Taiwan, threatening Taiwan's national security and escalating regional tensions in the region.

China on Friday even announced an unspecified sanctions on Pelosi over her visit to Taiwan.

 

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