Imitation or innovation? Here is Gady Epstein's article on the shanzhai culture in China.
Also: A blog post by Alex Sentoso sent to me by several students last year - 9 Most Outrageous Things Ever Faked in China - plays on the notion of China as the quintessential counterfeit nation.
But China, by way of its state media, has become increasingly vocal about what it calls the "unjust stereotype of ‘Made in China’ as cheap and copycat”. See the recent story about car maker Aston Martin.