Heart problems caused death of Taiwanese rocket maker Official: Report
A top official involved in Taiwan’s missile production died of heart problems on Saturday, as China conducted major military drills around the country, the military institute where he worked said. this autonomous island.
Ouyang Li-hsing is vice president of the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology and has come to the south of the island for business, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported.
In a statement posted on its website, the institute confirmed Ouyang was found unconscious at a hotel in Hengchun, Pingtung County on Saturday morning.
“The autopsy revealed that the cause of death was a heart attack and angina.”
Ouyang assumed his position earlier this year and was tasked with overseeing “the production of various types of rockets,” CNA said.
His death comes as Beijing pushes ahead with exercises aimed at implementing a blockade and eventual invasion of the democratic island after a visit by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi angered the Chinese government.
Chinese state media reported that Beijing fired several missiles directly over Taiwan’s main island during the exercise.
Taipei has refused to confirm or deny the flight routes, citing intelligence concerns.
The island government is trying to accelerate its missile production in the face of a growing military threat from China.
China’s ruling Communist Party considers the island part of its territory and has vowed to one day take it by force if necessary.
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