The deputy head of the Taiwan Ministry of Defense’s research and development unit has been found dead in a hotel in Pingtung, southern Taiwan, according to the official Central News Agency.
Ou Yang Li-hsing, deputy head of the Army-owned National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, was 57 years old. The cause of his death is unknown, CNA reported.
Ou Yang, who was in charge of several missile production projects, was on a business trip to Pingtung.
The military-owned body is working to more than double its annual missile production capacity to nearly 500 this year as the island ramps up combat power amid what it sees as China’s growing military threat, according to Reuters.
Agence France-Presse reports some more lines from North Korea’s comments about Pelosi’s trip to Asia.
She visited Seoul and the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone, or Joint Security Area, between the two Koreas earlier this week. Pelosi and her South Korean counterpart, National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo, called for “strong and comprehensive deterrence against North Korea”, and pledged to support Washington and Seoul’s efforts to achieve the denuclearization of Pyongyang. supports.
The North on Saturday denounced Pelosi for her talks with Kim and her visit to the JSA and Taiwan, AFP reports:
On top of the deterrence talks, Pelosi “appeared even in the Panmunjom Joint Security Zone, completely betraying the view of the current US administration’s hostile policies toward the DPRK,” said Jo Yong Sam, a State Department official. North Korea. ministry, under the official name of the North.
“The US is just adding fuel to the fire,” Jo added in a statement from the official Korean central news agency of Pyongyang. China is the north’s main ally and trading partner, and Pyongyang also lashed out at Pelosi for its visit to Taiwan.
“Pelosi, the worst destroyer of international peace and stability… incited the ire of the Chinese people for her recent trip to Taiwan,” the foreign ministry’s Jo said in the statement.
“The US will have to pay a heavy price for all the sources of trouble it spawned wherever it went.”
The North’s rebuke comes about a week after Kim Jong Un said his country was “ready to mobilize its nuclear deterrent” in a future military conflict with the US and Seoul.
North Korea has conducted a record number of weapons tests so far this year, including firing an intercontinental ballistic missile at full range for the first time since 2017.
Some more details from the Taiwan Ministry of Defense on what it describes here as a “possible simulated attack”.
The Taiwanese military used patrolling naval ships and land missiles to deal with the situation, it says.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry has said some Chinese aircraft and ships conducted simulation strike exercises on Taiwan’s main island on Saturday, Reuters senior Taipei correspondent Yimou Lee has tweeted.
Several batches of Chinese planes and ships were detected in the Taiwan Strait on Saturday morning, some of which crossed the median line, they report.
Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly has also urged China to halt its military actions in the air and sea around Taiwan.
“Canada is deeply concerned about the missiles fired by the People’s Republic of China at Taiwan and in Japan’s exclusive economic zone. This action threatens regional stability and security,” she said in a statement on Twitter.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at the Malacañang Palace in Manila.
Blinken reportedly said relations between their two countries were extraordinary, based on friendship, and said Washington is committed to their joint defense pact.
Marcos Jr said the current geopolitical context demonstrates the importance of such ties. Marcos Jr also said he did not think Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan had increased the intensity of the conflict in the region. “It just showed how intense that conflict has been,” he said, according to reports from GMA News Online.
The chairman of this week’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations meetings said on Saturday that discussions between foreign ministers about tensions in Taiwan were lively and contained some strong arguments, but it was better that disputes were handled with words. , Reuters reported.
Prak Sokhonn, Cambodia’s foreign minister, said he told a meeting of foreign ministers to have calm, dignified, polite and civilized discussions.
“The most important thing is that we keep talking to each other,” he said at a press conference.
Earlier this week, ASEAN foreign ministers called for “maximum restraint” on the Taiwan Strait, warning that the situation could lead to “serious clashes, open conflict and unpredictable consequences between major powers”.
Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s ongoing live coverage of the Taiwan crisis. Here is a summary of the latest developments as we pass 10:30am in Taipei.
- US, Australian and Japanese foreign ministers have urged China to immediately end military exercises around Taiwan. In a joint statement following a meeting in Phnom Penh on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Foreign Ministers meeting, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Australia’s foreign ministers and Japan, Penny Wong and Hayashi Yoshimasa, “expressed concern about the recent actions of the People’s Republic of China that seriously affect international peace and stability, including the use of large-scale military exercises.” They also “condemned the PRC’s launch of ballistic missiles, five of which, according to the Japanese government, have landed in its exclusive economic zones, increasing tensions and destabilizing the region.”
- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov were leaving a plenary session in Cambodia as Japan’s top diplomat, Yoshimasa Hayashi, spoke. on Friday. Wang convened a rare news conference late Friday where he accused US Secretary of State Antony Blinken of spreading misinformation. He called Nancy Pelosi’s trip a “despicable farce” and emphasized that China’s military response to it was “firm, forceful and appropriate”.
- US Special Envoy on Climate Change John Kerry said China’s decision to suspend bilateral talks on climate change with the US does not punish Washington, “it punishes the world.””. “No country should hold back progress on existential transnational issues because of bilateral differences,” said the former US Secretary of State, who is currently the chief climate diplomat in the Biden administration. US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby also told reporters that China’s decision to end cooperation in a number of critical areas was “fundamentally irresponsible.”
- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Chinese military exercises near Taiwan posed a threat to regional security. Beijing announced four days of exercises expected to end on Sunday. The exercises are a “serious issue affecting our national security and the security of our citizens,” Kishida told reporters, speaking after meeting US House speaker Nancy Pelosi in Tokyo on Friday.
- Taiwan’s defense ministry said Friday that the island’s military had sent planes and ships and deployed missile systems on land to guard ships and planes. which briefly crossed the centerline of the Taiwan Strait. China fired multiple missiles into the waters around Taiwan on Thursday. The Defense Department later said the missiles were high in the atmosphere and posed no threat. It gave no details about their flight paths, citing intelligence concerns. Taiwan also said it scrambled fighter jets on Friday to warn 49 Chinese planes in its air defense zone, Reuters said. All 49 Chinese planes passed through the centerline of the Taiwan Strait, the ministry said in a statement.
- North Korea has denounced Nancy Pelosi as “the worst destroyer of international peace and stability”after the speaker of the US House during a visit to South Korea expressed her commitment to achieve the denuclearization of the North.
- China has “traditionally been the victim of foreign aggression,” the foreign ministry spokesman said. In a series of tweets on Friday, Hua Chunying said: “China has traditionally been the victim of foreign aggression. Today, the US continues to grossly interfere in China’s internal affairs and from time to time seek to undermine China’s sovereignty and security.”