Additionally, the FBI, Secret Service and other U.S. security agencies are working with the Public Security Ministry and elements of the People’s Liberation Army to help them respond to any terrorist attack at the Olympics.
The Public Security Ministry controls the 800,000 troops of the People’s Armed Police that led the military crackdown on Tibetan unrest in March.
State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said it is U.S. policy to share “major-event security best practices with our Chinese counterparts.”
The security support is being coordinated within the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and formulated under a State Department-led interagency unit known as the International Athletic Event Security Coordination Group.
Mr. Gallegos said China’s lead agency for Olympics security is the Ministry of Public Security - China’s internal security and police ministry. Other Chinese security agencies involved include the Ministry of State Security, the Defense Ministry the Foreign Affairs Ministry, along with traffic, customs, and airport security organs, he said.
According to administration security officials, the FBI also is working with Chinese security authorities within an intelligence fusion center to identify threats to the Olympic Games and to conduct surveillance of threat groups.
Some Defense Department military communications equipment may be made available to the Chinese. Officials said China may be required to return some of the gear after the Olympics while some may remain in Chinese hands.
“The precise role of the Defense Department is still under discussion, but I assure you it will be fully consistent with the laws of our nation,” said Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell. He declined to identify the equipment.
The United States also will send China some experienced U.S. security specialists who might otherwise not be allowed into the country.
Mr. Gallegos said the Energy Department National Nuclear Security Administration has sent China “radiological detection equipment” and training support for Chinese customs officials to use in detecting nuclear goods or radiological bombs.
The Energy Department also has offered civil nuclear and radiological detection equipment “to protect Americans and Olympic venues from radiological threats,” Mr. Gallegos said.
He said goods restricted for export to China under the U.S. Munitions Control List have not been supplied, but the U.S. government “would consider any request for a license” under current law and policy.
A report by the Security Industry Association, a private group, says China is expected to spend $300 million on security for the games, to be held Aug. 8 through 24 in Beijing and six other cities: Tianjin, Shenyang, Qinhuangdao, Shanghai, Qingdao and Hong Kong.
Most of the events will be held in a 2.5-acre Olympic Park in Beijing, where the Olympic stadium, national gymnasium and swim center are located.
The Security Industry Association report said international companies providing security equipment and other products for the games include GE, Panasonic and Samsung.