A senior Taiwanese official in charge of the country’s recent escalation in missile production was found dead in his hotel room over the weekend, according to reports from state media, as the nation’s battle with China continues to heat up.
Ou Yang Li-hsing, 57, served as Deputy head of Taiwan’s defense ministry’s research and development unit, according to The Daily Wire.
He had reportedly been out on an official trip to the southern part of the county of Pingtung during the time of his death and was overseeing the military-owned National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology — as it doubled its production of missiles to 500 per year, anticipating a possible invasion from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Ou Yang’s passing comes just days after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) visited the island nation in defiance of threats from China to potentially shoot down her aircraft. Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) commented on the story saying the CCP could “go straight to hell” for making such threatening statements.
The Washington Post also published an op-ed from Pelosi after she landed in Taiwan, which listed her reasons for taking the trip.
“Today, America must remember that vow. We must stand by Taiwan, which is an island of resilience,” Pelosi had written. “In recent years, Beijing has dramatically intensified tensions with Taiwan. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has ramped up patrols of bombers, fighter jets and surveillance aircraft near and even over Taiwan’s air defense zone, leading the U.S. Defense Department to conclude that China’s army is ‘likely preparing for a contingency to unify Taiwan with the PRC by force.’”
“The PRC has also taken the fight into cyberspace, launching scores of attacks on Taiwan government agencies each day,” the far-left Democrat continued. “At the same time, Beijing is squeezing Taiwan economically, pressuring global corporations to cut ties with the island, intimidating countries that cooperate with Taiwan, and clamping down on tourism from the PRC.”
“In the face of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) accelerating aggression, our congressional delegation’s visit should be seen as an unequivocal statement that America stands with Taiwan, our democratic partner, as it defends itself and its freedom.”
The struggle between Taiwan and Chinese officials is yet another piece on the board for China’s proxy war with the United States.
Much like Putin testing the waters by invading Ukraine, China is beginning to push the envelope as well. If America doesn’t respond quickly it may be overtaken as the world’s leading superpower, as the sun sets in the west and rises in the east, where chaos and fear reign supreme.