The body of a top Taiwanese official who was responsible for overseeing the island nation’s major ramp-up of missile manufacturing was discovered in a hotel suite in the southern portion of the country on Tuesday.
According to official media, the body of Ou Yang Li-Hsing, who was the deputy chief of the Ministry of Defense of Taiwan’s research and development section, was found early on Saturday morning. The 57-year-old Ou Yang died while on a government trip to the southern province of Pingtung.
Ou Yang Li-hsing, deputy head of Taiwan defence ministry's research and development unit was found dead on Saturday morning in a hotel room, according to the official Central News Agency: Reuters
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As the island nation of Taiwan prepares for a potential invasion from Communist China in the coming years, Ou Yang was in charge of supervising the work being done at the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology to increase the number of missiles it produces to 500 per year. The institute is owned by the military. Reports said that he died of a heart attack and that he had had problems with his heart in the past.
The news of Ou Yang’s passing came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, spent this week in Taiwan to demonstrate that China could not successfully cut Taiwan off from the rest of the world. China wrongfully claims Taiwan as its own territory.
In spite of warnings from Chinese military and government officials, including a state-run news agency publicist who effectively said that China may fire down Pelosi’s jet, Pelosi’s visit to the island was a success. In an opinion piece that was published in the Washington Post not long after she arrived on the island, Pelosi gave an explanation for why she went there.
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Pelosi pointed out that the Taiwan Relations Act commits the United States to support Taiwan’s defense and that the act also states that the United States will “consider any effort to determine the future of Taiwan by means other than peaceful to be a threat to the peace and security of the Western Pacific area and of grave concern to the United States.”
“This is a promise that the United States of America must not forget. We must stand by Taiwan, which is an island of resilience,” Pelosi wrote. “In recent years, Beijing has dramatically intensified tensions with Taiwan. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has ramped up patrols of bombers, fighter jets, and surveillance aircraft near and even over Taiwan’s air defense zone, leading the U.S. Defense Department to conclude that China’s army is ‘likely preparing for a contingency to unify Taiwan with the PRC by force.’“
“The PRC has also taken the fight into cyberspace, launching scores of attacks on Taiwan government agencies each day. At the same time, Beijing is squeezing Taiwan economically, pressuring global corporations to cut ties with the island, intimidating countries that cooperate with Taiwan, and clamping down on tourism from the PRC,” Pelosi added. “In the face of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) accelerating aggression, our congressional delegation’s visit should be seen as an unequivocal statement that America stands with Taiwan, our democratic partner, as it defends itself and its freedom.“