I'm really tired of internet trolls dismissing United States' science and technology capabilities by inflating the significance of China landing a rover on the Moon. "OMG, China now owns the moon, they are the number 1 now, we all need to bow to China."
Here the reality check, Google is funding an X Prize
for private rovers on the Moon, so what China did using the resource of a entire country is not only 40 years late, it's also something we're asking private enterprise to do for less than a day's profit of Google. The same is true for their manned capabilities, we have 2 private companies building spaceships for NASA, and more building sub-orbital planes/rockets, the vitality and innovation in the private space sector is something China cannot dream of as long as the communist party is in charge.
The only thing less optimal in the US space program is NASA's lack of direction in manned space flight and reduction of funding in automated missions, even so the projects they're working on (SLS, JWST, new Mars lander) far outpace China's plan in these areas (LM-5, more lunar probes with sample returns)