Shift from anti-China rhetoric to the need for economic balancing and risk management.
"... And given the ways in which China has tilted its market toward local firms, it might be fair to say turnabout is fair play, if anyone were actually concerned about fair play."
Unfortunately nobodies going to stop the spooks from spooking. At best, the spooks might be whipped for not doing more defensive work because they're having too much fun attacking. Good luck with that.
I have great respect for some aspects of China (which doesn't include their surveillance state, etc.). One of those aspects is to engage in Globalism while at the same time balancing that with building a self sufficient base in food, manufacturing, and technology, which is a form of risk management.
The US and the UK in particular have taken the opposite course, engaging in Globalism while disassembling through outsourcing and importing vital parts of their economies. Financial services, entertainment, pharmaceuticals, medical "industry", top end "intellectual property", software and software services, importing and selling of consumer products, those business of are doing fine. But that does not make a balanced economy, and the huge number of people working in unstable service jobs (e.g., shifting and selling imported goods, contract labor), is a sign of that.
That's why I think selective "protectionism" (within a sphere of like minded nations) is a healthy thing, even though it "threatens" the status quo. It is counter productive to always couch it in anti-China language (which carries significant risk), when the real driver is need for economic self-improvement and risk management.