A lot of that stuff is 'made for' or made under licence. We've had this before. What you can do, is insist on a same American or UK or whatever home built product if it is available, although you can expect it to be more expensive. The quality of build from China is likely to be from more than good to middle of the road, and not usually bad, but it is all according to what you buy. I wouldn't buy a Chinese made Fender guitar, although beautifully made it does not have that original Fender sound, same goes for Japanese, although they do make some good guitars, even good copies of Fenders that are not a Fender.
What we all need to understand though, is that China is fast changing, and it probably won't be long before we buy Chinese homogeneous goods, like many buy Toyotas for their reliability and build, (the current Chinese own made cars are pretty wacky and copyist) for the same reasons and cost. Remember Japanese cars USED to be cheap and reliable, nowadays they are not so cheap, and parts can be expensive if something does go wrong. At the end of the day, it's all down to where you want your money to go, that's up to the individual.
edit on 3-1-2013 by smurfy because: Text.