We're seeing Chinese clones everywhere now. Most are of questionable quality, but so was Hyundai when they started making cars, now they're not too bad. There are a lot of "Chonda" copies as well, mostly in the home standby generator market, and in small power equipment such as pumps. At less than half the cost of the real thing, they are attractive to some buyers.
I've seen a 6.5 hp "Chonda" engine, marketed under the Champion brand name, selling at Costco for $139.00 Cdn. How in the name of Mao can they build it, ship it around the world, sell it to Costco, who in turn sells it and makes more money again, for that price??
From what I've seen, the quality of the "big dogs" such as Husqvarna and Stihl has slipped a bit, and the Chinese/Korean quality is improving.
It's tied directly to profit margins, material and labour costs, and a global economy. With low-cost competition in the casual/consumer market which is one of the largest groups, the Chinese can build a saw which will cut down a few bushes or small trees every year, and when it breaks they will cheerfully sell you another one, all at a fraction of the cost of a new Husqvarna. In the mean time, the "old" saw goes to the landfill, because in all honesty, it's not worth fixing. Is this a problem? You bet your a-- it is !!
Some of the new Huskies are built in China, or a good amount of their parts are, such as the 136, 137, etc. Are they a good saw? For their intended use, maybe..
I won't buy one, but I'm not the intended marketing target, either. They won't stand up to the use I give them. I'd rather buy an older saw in decent shape, put some work into it, and know what I have. I dislike throwing things away that can be saved, but you need something of decent quality to begin with.
My rant for the day...