Taiwan’s Senior Missile Development Official Found Dead; Taipei Says China Simulating Attack on Main Island

Last updated: August 06, 2022, 10:46 AM IST

Chinese President Xi Jinping announced sanctions against US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and canceled the China-US dialogue (Image: Reuters)

Chinese President Xi Jinping announced sanctions against US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and canceled the China-US dialogue (Image: Reuters)

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory.

China-Taiwan News LIVE Updates: China announced it was suspending dialogue with the United States in a number of areas, including between theater-level military commanders and on climate change, in a furore over the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. China’s foreign ministry said it also suspended exchanges with Washington on fighting cross-border crime and drug trafficking, all moves Washington called “irresponsible.”

Furious as Pelosi became the highest-ranking US visitor in 25 years to the self-governed island that Beijing considers its territory, China launched military exercises in the seas and skies around Taiwan on Thursday. The live fire drills, the largest China has ever conducted in the Taiwan Strait, will continue until noon on Sunday.

Here are the latest updates in the story:

– The deputy head of the research and development unit of the Taiwan Ministry of Defense was found dead in a hotel room on Saturday morning, the official Central News Agency said. Ou Yang Li-hsing, 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. Authorities were looking for the cause of death.
– Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory. Wang Yi went on to say it is a complete “rumor and slander” that the US said China has changed the status quo in the Taiwan Strait.
– The Taiwanese military said it observed “several” Chinese planes and ships in the Taiwan Strait on Saturday, believing they were simulating an attack on the main island of the self-governed democracy. Taipei forces have “detected multiple batches of communist planes and ships conducting activities around the Taiwan Strait, some of which crossed the median line.
– China has declared four days of military exercises in six designated zones around Taiwan as part of its angry response to Pelosi’s visit to Taipei. The Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), which oversees Taiwan, continued to conduct joint combat exercises and training in the northern, southwestern and eastern waters and airspace off the island of Taiwan for the second day on Friday.
– The Taipei military said 68 Chinese fighter jets and 13 warships crossed the “median line” running through the Taiwan Strait during Friday’s military exercises by Beijing forces.
– India has clearly expressed concern to China about certain cases of Chinese warplanes flying close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. The concerns were conveyed during a special round of military talks on Aug. 2, they said. The Indian delegation strongly urged to avoid flying activities within 10 km of the LAC on both sides, the sources added.
– The United States on Friday condemned China for cutting bilateral cooperation in a number of key areas, saying Beijing could ease tensions over Taiwan by ending its “provocative” military exercises. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said China’s decision to end its involvement in climate change and other issues was “fundamentally irresponsible”.
– UN chief Antonio Guterres believes it is impossible to tackle the world’s greatest challenges without cooperation between the United States and China, his spokesman said on Friday, as relations between the two superpowers plummet over Taiwan.
– The White House has summoned the Chinese ambassador to Washington to condemn Beijing’s “irresponsible” behavior towards Taiwan, a senior US official said Friday.

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