Top Taiwanese defence ministry official found dead in hotel
- Ou Yang Lihsing, Taiwan's top defence official, was found dead
- He was found dead in a hotel in Pingtung
- Tensions between China and Taiwan rose since Pelosi visit
Taiwan’s deputy head of defence ministry’s research and development wing was found dead at a hotel in Pingtung county, state-owned Central News Agency (CAN) reported. Ou Yang Li-hsing, deputy head of National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, was the man behind several missile production projects. Law enforcement agencies have initiated a probe.
Ou Yang was on a business trip in Pingtung. He had assumed the role of deputy head post of defence ministry’s research and development unit earlier this year. Taiwan’s military body is attempting to double its annual missile production capacity to close to 500 in 2022. The thrust to boost military supplies comes at a time when Beijing is taking an extremely aggressive stance on Taiwan.
News of the defence official’s death came the same day when Taiwan’s military said it saw “multiple” Chinese planes and ships operate on Taiwan Strait. Taipei’s forces “detected multiple patches of Communist planes and ships conducting activities around the Taiwan Strait, some that struggle to cross the median line, AFP reported.
Tensions between China and Taiwan have heightened since United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island. On Friday, geopolitical jousting led Beijing to quit talks on climate change and defence cooperation. As part of the talks, two of the world’s largest polluters pledged to work together and vowed to meet regularly to tackle the crisis. The deal now looks shaky.
Taiwanese government officials said they had noted “multiple” Chinese, planes and ships operating in the Taiwan Strait, believing them to be simulating an attack on Taiwan. The Chinese Army’s Eastern Command shared a picture on of a warship patrolling in seas near Taiwan.
Further, Beijing said they would run a live-fire drill in the southern part of the Yellow Sea – located between China and the Korean Peninsula from Saturday until August 15.