Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has criticised China’s “inflammatory” response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan and called on the nation to “de-escalate”.

Speaking to a Conservative Party leadership campaign in Shropshire, Ms Truss said: “I do not support China’s inflammatory language on this issue.

“It’s perfectly reasonable what is taking place and I urge China to de-escalate.”

In June, Ms Truss called on Western allies to provide greater support for Taiwan so it could defend itself in the event of an attack from China.

When asked if this meant providing arms, the Tory leadership candidate said: “There are different ways of doing that, and Finland and Sweden have joined NATO as a way of making sure that they are defended.

“Ultimately, it is making sure that those countries have the capabilities that they need.”