Top Taiwan defence official found dead amid tensions with China: Report | World News

According to the official Taiwan news agency, his body was found this morning while on a business trip to Pingtung in southern Taiwan.

Ou Yang Li-hsing, the deputy head of the Taiwan Defense Ministry’s research and development unit, was found dead in a hotel room on Saturday, Taiwan’s official central news agency reported.

According to the report, his body was found this morning while on a business trip to Pingtung in southern Taiwan. Authorities are still investigating the cause of death. Ou Yang had taken up the position early this year to oversee several missile production projects, the report said.

The news comes hours after the Taiwanese military said Chinese planes and ships operating in the Taiwan Strait were simulating an attack on the main island.

Beijing conducted military exercises with more than 100 warplanes and 10 warships around Taiwan’s main island, Chinese state media said Friday.

Beijing has continued military exercises aimed at blockade and eventual invasion of the self-governed island. Tensions mounted after the recent visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that infuriated the Chinese government.

The military government in Taiwan is working to more than double its annual missile production capacity as it ramps up combat power in the face of China’s growing military threat.

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