Taiwanese Missile Development Officer dead; body found in the hotel room

Aug 6, 2022 - 13:16
Taiwanese Missile Development Officer dead; body found in the hotel room

Amidst China-Taiwan tensions, the dead body of an officer of the Research and Development Unit of the Taiwan Defense Ministry has been found. O Yang Li-hing, deputy head of the Taiwan Defense Ministry's National Chung-shan Institute of Science and Technology, was found dead in a hotel room in Pingtung city on Saturday morning, the Central News Agency (CNA) reported.

According to the newspaper, officials said 57-year-old O Yang died of a heart attack. His family also informed that he had heart-related ailments. The CNA stated that O Yang had gone to Pingtung city on business. He was supervising several missile production projects. At the beginning of the year, he took over as the deputy head. His death has come when China is continuously doing military drills near Taiwan.

Angry over the visit of US Parliament Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, China has been conducting military drills since August 3. Chinese army jets are constantly infiltrating Taiwanese airspace. This military exercise is going on in 6 areas around Taiwan. On the first day, more than 100 Chinese fighter jets flew in Taiwan's northern, south-west and south-east airspace. At the same time, 68 fighter jets and 13 warships crossed the Taiwan Strait, on the second day.

The Taiwanese Defense Ministry has deployed the missile system as a precaution. A constantly monitoring was done over these actions. Some aircraft and ships have also been dispatched for monitoring.

China is doing this military drill just 16 km from the Taiwanese coast. Authentic weapons and ammunition are being used in this. This military exercise has been named 'Live Firing' and it will run till August 7. Earlier, China used to do this drill about 100 km away from Taiwan, but after Nancy's visit, it has now reached close.

China has also imposed sanctions on Nancy Pelosi. However, it is not clear what kind of sanctions China has imposed. China has announced eight actions in response to Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.

Vinita Kotwani Journalist & Writer