Of course not, both issues are important enough that they can be discussed on their own instead of bundling them together every fucking time. "But the Chinese ..." is getting to be a bit of a worn out excuse by now don't you think?
Nope. The Chinese have yet to demonstrate that they are not a threat, and are thus a necessary part of the discussion.
This isn't about China, this is about Cisco and similar that have left backdoors that apparently hundreds of thousands of private contractors know about. Don't you think that is a big enough deal? What happens when one of that huge number of people has a money problem and sees the backdoor as a solution? What happens when the NSA does a Boeing vs Airbus again and you happen to be at the place with less political connections then get hit with taxpayer funded industrial espionage?
The Airbus deal was as bad as Dubai Ports and Huawei - all threats to national security. Thankfully all of them were rejected.
As for the private contractor, that's a question of controls, policy, and vetting of candidates for integrity. In your hypothetical case, the contractor gets canned and receives justice through the court system.
Thankfully, I haven't worked for a company in the United Statesthat is foreign-controlled such as Airbus, nor do I plan to do so.
Why shouldn't we know a vector by which criminals and (foreign) spooks can get trade secrets?
That is precisely why China deserves more attention. If Snowden had released stuff that was damning on Huawei, other PRC-linked "companies", or any Russian interests, he would be releasing redeeming information.