Well China had a man space program with men having been place in orbit and strangely you hear almost nothing about the subject
Strange how? Americans care very little about manned flight, no matter who is doing it. Also, Americans have very little care about China or understanding of the world in general, so this kind of news does not sell. America media sells news now, it does not report what is important.....
On the serious thinker front till now Chinese space has not gotten much notice because it was assumed that the Chinese could not pull it off, that they had too little knowledge, too much corruption, and did not have enough trained people to get over the hump. It keeps getting forgotten that the Chinese are very active and very good at the technology theft game, or failing that buying technology from Europe, Russia or even the Americans. I assume that there are a bunch of Russians in China behind the scenes working to help guide the Chinese effort. The Chinese have every chance of being successful, and we need to take them seriously.