The vice-president of a Taiwanese army body has died of a heart attack. The death comes as the government scrambles to ramp up its missile production amid the threat of an invasion by Beijing. A senior Taiwanese official in charge of a missile production program died of a heart attack on Saturday in a hotel, said the institute where he worked, as China conducts the biggest military maneuvers in its history around the island. Ouyang Li-hsing, 57, was the vice president of the institute National Chung-Shan Science and Technology, an organization of the army. According to the Taiwanese agency CNA, he had traveled to the south of the country on business. Read also Why so few countries recognize Taiwan? In a press release published on its website, the institute confirmed that the person responsible had been found Unconscious on Saturday at a hotel in Hengchun, Pingtung County. Accelerated Missile Production “A forensic examination determined the cause of death to be myocardial infarction and angina pectoris,” the statement said. According to CNA, Ouyang Li-hsing was in charge of overseeing “the production of several types of missiles” and had taken up his post earlier this year. invasion by Beijing, which considers the island to be part of its territory. To read also How the blockade of Taiwan is weighing on the world economy China has been carrying out intense military exercises around Taiwan since Thursday in retaliation for the visit to the island earlier in the week from Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. Several missiles notably passed over the main island of Taiwan, Chinese state media reported on Friday. SEE ALSO – Chinese “planes and warships” crossed the “median line” of the Taiwan Strait
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