A blow struck Taiwan at a critical moment

Wu Yang Li-hsing, deputy head of the military-owned National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, died in a hotel room in southern Taiwan, CNA reported. Authorities believe the 57-year-old official died of a heart attack. There were no signs of forced “intrusion” in the hotel room, the reports added. According to his family, the man had a heart condition and also received a heart stent, writes a Reuters.

The man was on a business trip in the southern Pingtung County, according to CNA, which noted that Wu Jang took the post earlier this year to oversee various missile-making projects.

The military-owned organization is working to more than double its annual missile production capacity to nearly 500 this year as the island nation ramps up its combat power amid growing military threats from China.

As the Index also wrote, China’s military exercises in the Taiwan Strait continued on August 6. The conflict escalated after the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense announced a few hours ago that China was already simulating an attack on the island. According to Taipei authorities, 68 aircraft and 13 warships violated the median line on Friday.

Taiwan responded by firing warning shots, activating its land-based missile systems, and patrolling the air and sea.

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