In the short term, yes, but ultimately, with globalization, (in one or two generations - we will no longer be there to see it - and if the planet survives) the standard of living and prices will be the same in all The countries and the Chinese will be tired of working for others, and maybe the robots will do everything (I like the SF, today's fiction = reality of tomorrow ...)
I do not think China will ever have the same standard of living and prices similar to other countries. This was cleared by the President of China who signified his willingness that wages in China be continually lower than any other country, because there will be a lot of labor in China.
On the quality of the products, I would say that it is directly related to the fact that a product is manufactured by hand or not. And, it seems to me that in China, many factories are much less autmatised than in France, given the price of labor there. For this, I refer to a report made by Nokia on ethics in its factories. However, this is weighted by the techniques used and the time spent on each product produced.
Already, when we look at certain products produced at low prices, we quickly realize their quality, but also, sometimes their dangerousness. Besides, I sometimes wonder how certain products can be on the French market ... Enter other DIY products!
Me too, Cuicui, I'm a fana of the SF, since I fell in it at the end of my studies with Dan Simmons. And just like you, I think some SF books are a true vision of the future, like some movies too. Moreover, it is not for nothing that the ESA has opened a library of SF to study some concepts ... Moreover that a lot of SF books have been written by scientists ...
On the other hand, for bubbling machines, I had never heard of it before. But the concept pleases me if it turns out that ca is washing clothes well.