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Taiwan official leading missile production died of heart attack: Official media

Ou Yang Li-hsing, deputy head of the military-owned National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, had died in a hotel room in southern Taiwan, CNA reported.

August 06, 2022 / 01:04 PM IST
A Chinese military source also told AFP the exercises would be staged

A Chinese military source also told AFP the exercises would be staged "in preparation for actual combat". "If the Taiwanese forces come into contact with the PLA on purpose and accidentally fire a gun, the PLA will take stern countermeasures, and all the consequences will be borne by the Taiwanese side," the source said. (Image: AFP)


The deputy head of Taiwan defence ministry’s research and development unit was found dead on Saturday morning in a hotel room, succumbing to a heart attack, according to the official Central News Agency.


Ou Yang Li-hsing, deputy head of the military-owned National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, had died in a hotel room in southern Taiwan, CNA reported.


Authorities said 57-year-old Ou Yang died of a heart attack and the hotel room showed no sign of any ’intrusion’, CNA said. His family said he had a history of heart disease and had a cardiac stent, according to the report.


Ou Yang was on a business trip to the southern county of Pingtung, CNA said, adding that he had assumed the post early this year to supervise various missile production projects.

The military-owned body is working to more than double its yearly missile production capacity to close to 500 this year, as the island boosts its combat power amid what it sees as China’s growing military threat.

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first published: Aug 6, 2022 01:04 pm
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