U.S. reviewing security exports to China

Commerce dept. drafting new rules on what security equipment can be sold

Mills said that the Commerce Department would analyze what products are available from companies not based in the United States before issuing any new export-control regulations.

At a public security convention for police buyers in November in Shenzhen, China, Bosch of Germany had a large booth near Honeywell's to promote its surveillance cameras. Panasonic and Siemens have also been selling security systems in China, according to the Security Industry Association, a trade group in Washington.

China Security and Surveillance Technology concluded an agreement last week with the South Korean company LG Electronics to distribute LG's closed-circuit television equipment and accessories in China for three years.

But U.S. companies heavily promote their equipment as being the most advanced on the market, in part because much was developed to fight the threat of terrorist attacks in the United States.

Current U.S. regulations allow the export of most surveillance equipment if regulators believe that it could be used in a factory or office complex and is not intended exclusively for police work.

In addition to multinationals that export surveillance equipment from the United States, there are other security companies that are incorporated in the United States- but with virtually all of their employees in China.