WASHINGTON–U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Thursday released the following statement after voting against Committee passage of the Taiwan Policy Act:

“There’s no doubt that our Taiwan policy must evolve as a result of China’s increasingly aggressive behavior. It’s critical that any change in policy both increases the security of Taiwan and decreases the likelihood of armed conflict with China. I have concerns about whether the Taiwan Policy Act in its current form accomplishes those goals, and I look forward to continue working with my colleagues to address those issues before this bill heads to the Senate floor,” said Murphy.

Earlier this month, Murphy authored an op-ed in the Economist arguing that China’s aggressive actions against Taiwan demand a response, but we should make changes to our Taiwan policy carefully and thoughtfully to advance our interests, make Taiwan safer, and avoid a catastrophic war with China.