As China’s sea services continue to expand, the consolidating China Coast Guard (CCG) has taken the lead as one of the premier sea forces in the region—giving China, in essence, a second navy. With 1,275 hulls and counting, the CCG carries out the maritime law-enforcement activities that dominate the South China Sea as the People’s Republic exerts its claims and postures for dominance.
Erickson, Andrew S.; Hickey, Joshua; and Holst, Henry
"Surging Second Sea Force: China’s Maritime Law-Enforcement Forces, Capabilities, and Future in the Gray Zone and Beyond,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 72
, Article 4.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol72/iss2/4