RAND Expert to Speak on the Consolidation of Power and Threats Within the Chinese Communist Party


Timothy Heath, senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, will speak before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, presenting the Consolidation of Political Power in China Under Xi Jinping: Implications for the PLA and Domestic Security Forces.


Heath will discuss:

  • how the concentration of political power in China under Xi Jinping affects its military and domestic security forces
  • what this concentration of political power has meant for the People's Liberation Army (PLA)
  • how this Chinese Communist Party has dramatically expanded at the expense of the government and other organizations
  • how the centralization of authority in the security forces carries some important considerations for U.S. defense planners and officials.


9:30 a.m., ET, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019


Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106, Washington, D.C.


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