There's a history of SF imagery in the Chinese space program, as Stefan Landsberger's dramatic recapturing of posters from the period proves. According to Lansberger, these kinds of posters were used to "capture the popular imagination."
In the early 90s, China launched an ambitious scientific development program and seized sci-fi as a means of spurring enthusiasm for science. In 1995, State Science and Technology Commission Minister Song Jian proposed, in a widely circulated article, that science-themed literature would reflect well on the state of Chinese science.
And if the impeccable plotting of Chang Hsi-Kuo doesn't do it for you, feel free to refer to this alternate history.
An Alternate History of Chinese Science Fiction [No Fear of the Future]
50 Science Fiction Books That Socialists Should Read [Fantastic Metropolis]