Deputy Head of Taiwan defence ministry’s research and development unit, Ou Yang Li-hsing, has on Saturday, been found dead in a hotel room.

Amidst growing tensions and concerns on China’s military drills on Taiwan territory, Li-hsing’s demise was announced while on a business trip to Pingtung, in the south of Taiwan.

Earlier, Taiwan military force confirmed that attack simulations were carried out on its main island by Chinese planes and ships stationed in Taiwan Strait. On Friday, military drills involving a hundred warplanes and ten more warships were confirmed by Beijing.

Investigations are ongoing to determine the cause of Li-hsing’s death. However, China has not backed down from military exercises to block and invade the island-country, despite Taiwan defence ministry stating it is a violation of their sovereignty on serious levels.

The United States also condemned recent missile launches, while pushing for a de-escalation. They opine that a halt to ‘provocative’ drills could lower China-Taiwan tensions. U.S. House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, arrived Taiwan few days ago defiant to threats from Beijing.

Taiwan have now stepped up efforts to double its yearly missile production after rejecting China’s political demands against its sovereignty

Prior to his death, Ou Yang Li-hsing worked in the military and defence unit; serving as Deputy Head since the beginning of the year. Li-shing oversaw several missile production projects while in office.

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