Heart Problems Killed Taiwan Missile Production Officer: Report

He oversaw the production of various types of missiles.

Taipei:

A top official involved in Taiwan’s missile production died of heart problems on Saturday, the army-owned institute where he worked said, as China conducts massive military exercises on the autonomous 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 found the cause of death to be myocardial infarction and angina pectoris,” he said.

Ouyang took up his post earlier this year and was tasked with overseeing “the production of various types of missiles,” the CNA said.

His death comes as Beijing presses ahead with exercises aimed at practicing a blockade and final invasion of the democratic island after a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi angered the Chinese government.

Beijing launched several missiles directly at the main island of Taiwan in the drills, Chinese state media said on Friday.

Taipei has refused to confirm or deny the flight routes, citing intelligence concerns.

The island’s government is trying to ramp up its own missile production in the face of a growing military threat from China.

China’s ruling Communist Party sees the island as part of its territory and has vowed to one day take it over, by force if necessary.

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