another sub $200 1-4x scope that seems well liked is the optisan mamba-- it is like PA's 1-4 twin except it has a ballistic type sighting system rather than the old tried and true euro cross-hair setup. it may have a little more illumination for use like a red-dot sight at 1x.
probably made in the same plant as the PA 1-4x--
Optisan 1-4x24 Mamba / EAR30 Mount Combo
maybe their using japan nikon glass is the more high end china made glass these days?