A senior official involved in missile production in Taiwan died of heart problems on Saturday, the military-owned institute where he worked said, as China conducts massive military drills around the self-governing island.
Ouyang Li-hsing was vice president of the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology and had traveled to the south of the island on business, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported.
In a statement posted on its website, the institute confirmed that Ouyang was found unconscious at a hotel in Hengchun, Pingtung County, on Saturday morning.
“The forensic examination revealed that the cause of death was myocardial infarction and angina pectoris,” he added.
Ouyang took office earlier this year and was tasked with overseeing “the production of various types of missiles”, CNA said.
His death comes as Beijing continues its exercises aimed at carrying out a blockade and a final invasion of the democratic island after the visit of the speaker of the United States House, Nancy Pelosi, which angered the Chinese government.
Beijing flew several missiles directly over the main island of Taiwan during the drills, Chinese state media said on Friday.
Taipei declined to confirm or deny the flight paths, citing intelligence issues.
The island’s government is trying to ramp up its own missile production in the face of the growing military threat posed by China.
China’s ruling Communist Party considers the island part of its territory and has pledged to take it one day, by force if necessary.
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