Don't be so naive, a lot of western countries have been doing it for years. Aside from everybody's favorite bad guy, the US, the French government has been intimately involved in corporate espionage for at least a decade and a half (at least as far back as my personal exposure to their handiwork goes).
Actually, I'm quite surprised that the press is actually now just starting to sit up and take notice. Since China is intimately involved, at so many levels, in the manufacturing, assembly and testing of electronic equipment, including generic components that can be used in military or government equipment, who's to say they're not embedding some sort of spyware or poison pill into the stuff?
I have seen it happen on one piece of equipment, that I will vaguely refer to as an enterprise caliber network security appliance... As God as my witness, I saw network traffic originating from this piece of equipment, heading to the P.R.C. What ever it was, it was encrypted, and it wasn't a huge amount, but after pouring through ALL of the network logs of both the device and several firewalls, it was trying to send something to Chinese netspace.
That is why I will never knowingly purchase, recommend or use anything where China (or even some former soviet-bloc states) is even remotely involved in, unless I'm ordered by my superiors, to.
Sadly, it's getting more difficult to find equipment 100% manufactured in the US, UK or Canada, but it's out there. And in my humble opinion, it's every bit worth the premium.
Call me a bigot, a racist or what have you, but knowing what I know now, I would advise any business thinking about relocating to China to think about the larger picture, instead of the short term profit.