Shocking Report Reveals Chinese Communist Party’s Influence Over Utah Republicans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ben Anderson, Communications Director
Phone: +1 (801) 830-0645



SALT LAKE CITY, March 28, 2023 —Yesterday, the AP released a damning report highlighting the duplicitous and cozy relationship between Utah’s Republican leadership and the Chinese Communist Party. The report details multiple instances of Chinese leaders working behind the scenes, often through lobbyists and foreign agents, to build relationships with and exert influence over Republican leaders. The Chinese government has used Republicans to echo and amplify propaganda for the CCP, as well as to block and alter legislation hostile to Chinese interests.

“All Utahns should be incredibly concerned by the contents of this report and the ties it has revealed between Utah Republicans and the Chinese Communist Party,” said Chair Diane Lewis. “As the authoritarian Chinese government is targeting ethnic minorities and cracking down on free speech and democracy, Republicans seem to have no problem cozying up to them behind the scenes while they continue their own extremist attacks on freedom and democracy at home. By contrast, Utah Democrats unwaveringly support democracy and freedom in the region, and condemn the ongoing oppressive actions of the Chinese government.”

Utah Democratic Party Vice Chair Mata recently traveled to Taiwan as part of a national delegation of select Democratic party leaders, reaffirming the commitment of Utah Democrats to democracy and freedom abroad.


The Utah Democratic party is the face and voice of Democrats in the State of Utah. We believe that Utahns deserve strong, competent leadership that puts the people and democracy first. 

For more information, contact Ben Anderson at or +1 (801) 830-0645.

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