China Coast Guard Bureau

The People's Republic of China's (PRC) China Coast Guard Bureau (CCGB) is the nation's premier search and rescue (S&R) and law enforcement agency operating in territorial waters. This organization regularly coordinates with the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in order to advance the PRC's maritime claims in disputed green and blue-water areas.


The China Coast Guard Bureau was recently put under the command of the People's Armed Police Force (PAP). In turn, the PAP answers directly to the Central Military Commission (CMC) in Beijing. The Intelligence Ledger is currently developing a picture of the structure of the CCGB, and thus will temporarily refrain from providing public analysis.


The China Coast Guard Bureau operates multiple cutters and small boats to patrol both territorial and disputed waters. Please note, The Intelligence Ledger is working to compile a complete list of CCGB vessels, meaning the list below may not be complete.


The CCGB was established in 2013. Although previously under the control of civilian agencies, it was transferred to the People's Armed Police Force in 2017. From 2017 through 2020, policymakers in Beijing successfully upgraded CCGB capabilities in order to support the PRC's strategic goals. The CCGB regularly conducts gray zone operations in the South China Sea, and patrols disputed green and blue-water areas as though they were owned solely by the PRC.