Thanks, but I don't think my post needed reiterating, nor are the fighting smileys helping.
China DOES mean cheapness, in general, that's what the Chinese strength is. Large manufacturing facilities, low cost production. What we need to get away from, is the assumption that Chinese ONLY means cheap, when it can mean quality as well. spl's post would be just right if he had substituted the word Chinese with 'cheap cloners', and I'm sure that's what he meant, I do not believe him to be racist at all, I was simply saying to be careful in case someone would BELIEVE that he was. It's just symantics.
For any Chinese company, it's a case of how you deal with the product, the distribution and the marketing. Nobody would deny that KM is making cheap copies, but you can't accuse Thunder Tiger or Nutech of that (amongst others). Both of those firms are producing their best work (not their cheapest).
It is the fault of the importers who see an opportunity to make a quick buck, provide no service or support, and spam forums with the cheapest kind of marketing there is, taking a lot of money quickly and disappointing a lot of hobbyists. Subsequently, the Chinese models get the bad name. Again this may not be right, but it is natural. It will take many years (if ever) for China to shake this reputation amongst the less sceptical.
If the Chinese companies want to do something about this, they need to select their trading partners more carefully, rather than selling to the guy who says he will take the most units. In this respect, the Chinese companies do have to share some of the blame. You can't select an importer with a bad reputation, then cry when your name is dragged through the mud. It cuts both ways.
EDIT: Case in point I heard recently from another hobbyist... He was looking in the UK to buy a Nutech. He found an online retailer (in the UK) claiming to have Nutech stock (I have checked with Nutech and this company has not bought anything, ever). The potential customer phoned this outfit, and asked for the Nutech. He was told 'Oh, no, we don't actually have those, you should buy a KM Baja, it's much better than Nutech.', of course the conversation ended there as the person concerned was experienced enough to know when he was being bare-faced lied to, but how many dishonest traders are fleecing inexperienced hobbyists this way? It boils my blood, I tell ya.