The notion that everything Chinese is of poor quality seems more like a malicious comment rather than a joke at this point.
China has become one of the most important manufacturers in the world. Many brands of products, even very recognizable ones, have components made by China inside.
Chinese products in general have come a long way, especially in the technology field. It is a real contender with a good standard of durability.
Quote:t's been a popular notion (and joke) that Chinese made products are not that great when it comes to build quality
We must reply that it's mostly just like with everything else: if properly cared for, it will last.