Taiwan missile official dies in hotel

The official in charge of Taiwan’s missile program was found dead of a heart attack in a hotel on the southern island of the island.

Ouyang Li-hsing, vice president of Chung-shan Institute of Science and Technology, was found unconscious at a hotel in Hengchun town, Pingtung county, southern Taiwan island, this morning.

“The autopsy results showed that the cause of death was myocardial infarction and angina attacks,” the institute said in a statement. Authorities found no sign of outside intrusion into Mr. Ouyang’s room.

Ouyang, 57, took office earlier this year and was tasked with overseeing the “manufacturing process of a variety of rockets”.

A woman on a motorbike looks for a cover during the air-raid exercise named Wan An, an annual 30 min drill, a reminder of rising Chinese military threat, during which all vehicles are ordered to move to the sides of roads and pedestrians to wait in back streets in Taipei, Taiwan, July 25, 2022. REUTERS/Ann Wang

A woman takes shelter during an air strike drill in Taipei, Taiwan, on July 25. Image: Reuters.

Theo Reuters, Chung-shan Institute of Science and Technology of Taiwan Defense Agency. The unit is working to increase annual missile production capacity to 500 as Taiwan strengthens its combat capabilities in response to what it sees as a growing military threat from China.

China has always considered Taiwan as a province awaiting reunification and declared its readiness to use force if necessary.

Cross-Strait relations have recently escalated significantly, especially after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island earlier this month, despite repeated warnings from Beijing. In response, China is holding unprecedented large-scale live-fire drills around Taiwan.

Like Tam (Theo AFP, Reuters)

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