Think about it. They are getting flak from the naysayers, but how else do you explore “the final frontier” without taking that first step.
I for one applaud them for taking the steps this country pissed away over the last couple of decades. We are finally seeing private enterprises take up where NASA dropped the ball, but I firmly believe China has the were withal to pull off something like this, and make it work finding many work arounds for the many many complications that are sure to bust their chops.
Granted, they currently have a much larger workforce and this is a project that will provide several key positions and oodles of lower ones. I have to think that there are many people, not just from China, that would jump at the chance to live on the moon. (If I were 20 years younger, I would start studying mandarin just so I could volunteer )
There is a downside option to this as well. Read “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” by Heinlein. The moon sits on the other side of a gigantic gravity well. It only takes a little power to flip a sizable rock over that edge, and the kinetic energy in a falling rock is pretty substantial. A small guidance system and ,,, well. Read the book, you’ll understand.
I just thought others would find this just as interesting, inspiring, and worrisome as I did.