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New Delhi: The Jerusalem Post quoted the Central News Agency as saying Ou Yang Li-hsing, deputy head of Taiwan’s defense ministry’s research and development unit, was found dead in a hotel room on Saturday. Li-Hsing’s death comes amid tensions between the US and China over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
The 57-year-old deputy head of the military-owned National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) was on a business trip to Pingtung in southern Taiwan, according to the CNA, which is the cause of his death. Investigation is being done.
Accordingly The Jerusalem Post, officials are currently saying the officer died of a heart attack and that the hotel room showed no signs of a “break-in.” His family said he had a history of heart disease and had a cardiac stent. According to CNA as cited by the Jerusalem Post, the state-run NCSIST, which develops and manufactures the weapons in Taiwan, is currently conducting live-fire missile tests at the Jipeng military base in the south of the country.
Earlier this week, the speaker of the US House of Representatives visited Taiwan and sparked a series of debates around the world as China strongly opposed military cooperation between Washington and Taipei and warned of long-lasting, serious consequences not only for the self-governing island but for other countries as well. Since her visit to the island nation, China has been conducting its largest-ever military drills in the Taiwan Strait, including firing live missiles at what it claims as part of its sovereign territory.
China has continued military drills and exercises in the vicinity of Taiwan, a day after US politician Nancy Pelosi visited the islands. In recent times, several Chinese aircraft and ships have been spotted around the Taiwan Strait, attacking the islands. Its main island, the Ministry of Defense said on Saturday that some of them had crossed the median line.
China said on Friday it would sanction Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in response to her “disingenuous” and “provocative” actions.” If they were really concerned about regional peace and stability, why didn’t they stand up earlier to stop Pelosi from paying? A provocative visit to Taiwan? Why didn’t they take a different tack in the beginning? On the issues of China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, China’s countermeasures are justified, necessary, appropriate and not excessive at all, the spokesman said. A visit to Taiwan was postponed after Pelosi tested positive for Covid-19 in April.
(with ANI input)
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