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Taiwan’s Official Leading Missile Production Found Dead in Hotel

The deputy head of Taiwan defense ministry 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 military-owned National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, was 57. The cause of his death is unknown, CNA reported.

Ou Yang, who was in charge of various missile production projects, had been on a business trip to Pingtung.

The military-owned body is working to more than double its annual missile production capacity to close to 500 this year as the island boosts its combat power amid what it sees as China’s growing military threat, according to Reuters.

Agence France-Presse reports a few 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 extended deterrence against North Korea” and pledged to support efforts by Washington and Seoul to achieve Pyongyang’s denuclearization.

The North on Saturday condemned Pelosi for her discussions with Kim and her visit to the JSA and Taiwanreports AFP:

In addition to the deterrence talks, Pelosi even appeared at the Panmunjom Joint Security Area, completely betraying the vision of the current US administration’s hostile policy towards the DPRK, said Jo Yong Sam, an official at North Korea’s foreign ministry. ministry by using Norden’s official name.

“The US is just adding fuel to the fire,” Jo added in a statement by Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency. China is the North’s most important ally and trading partner, and Pyongyang also lashed out at Pelosi over her visit to Taiwan.

“Pelosi, the worst destroyer of international peace and stability… incurred the wrath of the Chinese people for her recent junket to Taiwan,” the State Department’s Jo said in the statement.

“The United States will have to pay dearly for all the sources of trouble she spawned wherever she went.”

The rebuke from the North comes about a week after Kim Jong Un said his country was “ready to mobilize” its nuclear deterrent in any future military conflict with the United States and Seoul.

North Korea has conducted a record blitz of weapons tests so far this year, including the launch of a full-range intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time since 2017.

Some additional details from Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense on what it describes here as a “possible simulated attack”.

Taiwan’s army used patrolling naval ships and land-based missiles to deal with the situation, it said.

Several PLA vessels were spotted around the Taiwan Strait, some have crossed the median line. Possible simulated attack against HVA. #ROCARwithForces have used alert dispatches, aircraft in CAP, patrolling naval vessels and land-based missile systems in response to this situation.

— Ministry of National Defence, ROC 🇹🇼 (@MoNDefense) 6 August 2022

Chinese aircraft and ships conducted simulation attack exercises

Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense has said some Chinese aircraft and ships conducted simulated head-on attack drills Taiwan Iceland on Saturday, Reuters senior correspondent in Taipei Yimou Lee tweeted.

Several batches of Chinese aircraft and ships were spotted in the Taiwan Strait on Saturday morning, some of which crossed the median line, they report.

#TAIWAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE: SOME OF CHINESE AIRCRAFT AND SHIPS CONDUCTED SIMULATED ATTACK EXERCISES AGAINST MAIN ISLAND OF TAIWAN SAT

— Yimou Lee (@YimouLee) 6 August 2022

Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly has also called on China to halt its military actions in the air and seas around Taiwan.

“Canada is deeply concerned about the missiles launched by the People’s Republic China towards Taiwan and into Japan’s exclusive economic zone. This action threatens regional stability and security,” she said in a statement on Twitter.

Canada is deeply concerned about the missiles launched by the People’s Republic of China towards Taiwan and into Japan’s exclusive economic zone. This action threatens regional stability and security. We strongly urge China to stop its military and economic coercion.

— Mélanie Joly (@melaniejoly) August 5, 2022

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at the Malacañang Palace in Manila this morning.

Blinken reportedly said the relationship between their two countries was extraordinary, founded on friendship, and said Washington was committed to their joint defense pact.

Marcos Jr said the current geopolitical context showed the importance of such ties. Marcos Jr also said he didn’t think Pelosi visited Taiwan had increased the intensity of the conflict in the region. “It just showed what the intensity of that conflict has been,” he said, according to reports from GMA News Online.

The chairman of this week’s meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations said Saturday that discussions among foreign ministers over Taiwan tensions had been lively and included some strong arguments, but disputes were better handled with words, Reuters reports.

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 continue to talk to each other,” he told a news conference.

Earlier this week, ASEAN foreign ministers called for “maximum restraint” regarding the Taiwan Strait, warning that the situation could lead to “serious confrontation, open conflict and unpredictable consequences among major powers.”

Summary

Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s continued live coverage of Taiwan crisis. Here’s a rundown of the latest developments as it passes at 10.30 in Taipei.

  • The US, Australian and Japanese foreign ministers have called on China to immediately stop military exercises around Taiwan. In a joint statement after the meeting in Phnom Penh on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, “the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and the Foreign Ministers of Australia and Japan, Penny Wong and Hayashi Yoshimasa. expressed their concern over the People’s Republic of China’s recent actions that seriously affect international peace and stability, including the use of large-scale military exercises”. They also “condemned China’s launch of ballistic missiles, five of which the Japanese government reported landed in its exclusive economic zones, heightening tensions and destabilizing the region “.
  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, walked out of a plenary meeting in Cambodia just as Japan’s top diplomat, Yoshimasa Hayashi, spoke on Friday. Wang called a rare press 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 stressed 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 climate change talks 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 Biden administration’s top climate diplomat. US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby also told reporters that China’s decision to halt cooperation in a number of critical areas was “fundamentally irresponsible”.
  • Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Chinese military exercises near Taiwan were a threat to regional security. Beijing announced four days of exercises expected to end on Sunday. The drills are a “serious problem that affects our national security and the security of our citizens,” Kishida told reporters after a meeting with the speaker of the US House. Nancy Pelosiin Tokyo on Friday.
  • Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said on Friday that the island’s military had dispatched aircraft and ships and deployed land-based missile systems to monitor ships and aircraft that briefly crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait. On Thursday, China launched several missiles into waters around Taiwan. The Ministry of Defense later said the missiles were high in the atmosphere and posed no threat. It gave no details of their flight paths, citing intelligence concerns. Taiwan also said it scrambled jets on Friday to warn 49 Chinese aircraft in its air defense zone, according to Reuters. All 49 Chinese planes crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, the ministry said in a statement.
  • North Korea has condemned 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 his commitment to achieving the North’s denuclearization.
  • China has “historically been a victim of foreign aggression”, its foreign ministry spokesman said. In a series of tweets on Friday, Hua Chunying said: “China had historically been a victim of foreign aggression. Today, the United States still grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs and from time to time tries to undermine China’s sovereignty and security.”

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