Vectraguy, I agree that the Chinese tire manufacturers (Double Coin, Samson, etc.) are all putting out better products nowadays and I'm tempted to take a look at them the next time around when I need tires.
I'm sure we'll hear about those who refuse to buy them because they feel that they're not as safe ...or as one guy keeps saying, he won't buy other inferior Chinese products so why buy tires from a communist China? blah, blah, blah.
For me, I'm always looking for the best value. Yes, I cringe to see the money I spend on a product ultimately going to China. Would I prefer to buy a Good Year tire that is made in north America (with some Good Year tires even being made in China)? Sure. But if I can find an equally performing product for half the price, I actually would consider them.
Here is an article I recently posted a link to in another thread:
China's impact sizable on truck tire market -- Improved quality More accepted