I’m not even going to bother to link to the Washington Post editorial in which the editors say that the Chinese have gone a step too far in breaching the Office of Personnel Management and gaining access to millions of employment records of federal personnel, followed by a) a demand for retaliation and b) establish the prerequisite that any retaliation not threaten the relationship between the two countries or our economic interests.
There is no relationship. Or at least it’s not what you think/hope it is. Poindexter, that cute girl is only showing interest in you so you’ll write her English paper. She’ll never let you take her to the prom.
IMO they just have generalized angst over the breach. They don’t really want anything to be done about it. Otherwise they’d make specific suggestions.
I’ve already made my suggestions.