U.S. calls China reaction to Pelosi’s Taiwan visit “flagrantly provocative”

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PHNOM PENH, Aug 5 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told an Asian meeting of top diplomats on Friday that China’s reaction to U.S. house speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan was “flagrantly provocative”, a western official said.

Blinken, speaking at the East Asia Summit in Cambodia, said China had sought to intimidate not only Taiwan, but neighbours too, after it launched the largest-ever military drills in the Taiwan Strait, the official said.

Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Writing by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Ed Davies