"China hopes to mount another mission to the moon in 2017 that would collect rock and soil samples. It also hopes to launch a space station by about 2023 and eventually, perhaps, establish lunar bases and send missions into deep space. Its space program has the advantage of consistent funding and top-level political support, and the successful moon landing will ensure that continues, Cheng said."
What blows my mind is that the last lunar landing occurred in 1976 (over 37 years ago!) by the Russians, so it has been a very long time since anything has set foot on the surface.