WARNING: long reply with little to nothing to do with this thread,
One thing to remember is that a lot of name brand scopes (and laptops, televisions, missile and aircraft parts) are now being made in China because it saves a ton of money to the brand owner. Many US companies have no issue with that as all they care about is their quarter earnings; like the Indians and tech support the Chinese saw American greed as an opportunity and ran with it. Who is at fault here?
Second, there are really not many people making the glass for scopes. In fact, I honestly do not know if there are any company left in the US; I do think Germany and Japan are the places to order when you need high quality optics. I looked at the Vortex Viper box and it says it was made in the Philippines; I believe that meant assembled, maybe even the metal components were made there, but I would not be surprised if the glass flew from Japan.
What will come as a shock to some is that certain companies in China have made huge strides improving the quality of their glass. The Vortex Crossfire box says it was made in China and I would not be surprised if at that price level every single bit of that scope was made there. I do not think you can call it a piece of crap in the sub $300 price range. Since the Chinese .gov has a vested interest in having good optics for its own applications, I would expect it to pressure/given incentives to those companies; making commercial scopes is a great way to improve your skills for a military contract.
Since we are talking about Leupold, ask them and you will be told all their glass come from Asia. And that all Leupold Gold Ring products are made in the US. Take that as you wish.
Now, those Chinese companies their contracted will not turn down the opportunity to make some money on the side. I expect the ones making the scopes to turn around and sell the overrun models. But, they would not put the brand they were made for on the scopes or they risk losing the contract; finding those will result in getting a high quality product without the brand tax. That does not stop other Chinese companies though.
The joke is when the copycats are putting better products than the originals. I am looking at you, Rolex.