http://mobile.ytsports.cn/news-3599.html - According to this article it is planned to create a formal Chinese League for the 2018-19 season. Between this, Kunlun Red Star, and the women's team playing in North America, it definitely seems that China is serious about preparing for the 2022 Olympics. Hopefully they will remain motivated to continue developing their program even after the games conclude.

Btw, does anyone know if a national championship was played in China in 2015-16 and 2016-17? The federation website used to provide information on it, but the last two years... nothing.