I don’t doubt that China is spying on the US by whatever means available, both the official spy organisations and some of their large companies. But so does the US and every other major country in return.
I just wonder about this idea of secret chips that can be used to spy on, or sabotage equipment, being planted in just about everything made in China. Is Uncle Xi listening to every conversation and reading every text message sent on smartphones made in China??
How do they do that? There are thousands of factories that make and/or assemble electronic equipment of all kinds, with literally millions of workers doing the jobs and thousands of managers and administrator. Would it be possible to hide a large scale operation of the nature that is described from becoming known?
Many of these factories and plants are owned by, and/or produce on behalf of, foreign entities that presumably have some sort of quality control on what is produced. (For ships equipment Classification Societies do tests and issues certificates)
I know it is annoying that China is starting to assert it’s industrial and military power and refuse to bend to western dominance, but you may as well get used to it. They are not going to attack the US or Europe with their rockets and aircraft carriers, but they do want to make sure that nobody gets the wrong ideas and try to do so against China, or in their backyard ever again.
The Chinese have long memories and do not forget the centuries of humiliation.