China’s Coast Guards

Information Dissemination has an article about the Coast Guard’s counterparts in China. Five agencies share the Coast Guard’s missions: China Maritime Surveillance (CMS) of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA), Fisheries Law Enforcement Command (FLEC), Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) of the Ministry of Transport, the anti-smuggling force of the General Administration of Customs, and their “Coast Guard” (aka Maritime Police in Chinese). All seem to be expanding, particularly China Maritime Surveillance and the Maritime Safety Administration.

The article talks almost exclusively about their cutters, including new construction. Apparently they don’t have many aircraft. There is no comprehensive list of personnel. Individually each is smaller than the USCG, but it sounds like collectively, they may have more personnel than the Coast Guard.

11 thoughts on “China’s Coast Guards

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  2. Chuck,

    I think it’s worth highlighting the strong and enduring relationship between the Chinese Fisheries Law Enforcement Command and the USCG. The USCG has been taking FLEC shipriders on patrols of the North Pacific to look for Chinese fishing vessels engaged in IUU fishing every year for over 15 years. We also usually stage command center equivalent personnel from FLEC in District 17 to help with operational communications between the two agencies. Along with our international enforcement obligations for fisheries on the high seas and our bilateral shiprider agreements for enforcement in the South Pacific and Africa, this is one of the least known but most important international engagements in the fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. It is also one of THE strongest relationships and engagement opportunities between the U.S. military and China.

    Bradley Soule

  3. Due to the link with my day job, I should also add that I work these issues on a day to day basis in my role as a program/policy analyst and fisheries enforcement duty officer at Coast Guard HQ.

    LT Bradley Soule
    Office of Living Marine Resources Enforcement (CG-5314)
    U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters

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