China is also dumping US 1960's-style money in to scientific research and development. Of the three major space-faring countries, China, Russia, and the USA, you'll note that only China and Russian currently have manned spaceflight programs.
China has also built the largest ground recieving dish in the world, out-doing the one in Puerto Rico by a factor of almost two.
China is rocking the 1960s American Science Research meme so hard it hurts.
Meanwhile, American politicians are arguing about whether or not climate change is real, and we slot somewhere between countries like Latvia and Lithuania in Science globally. Hong Kong, (china), Singapore, and Japan are #1,2,3 globally, if you were curious.