It did demonstrate that despite being a far superior force, it will not immediately jump into a conflict to settle things in its favour. At the same time, it does know how to play compromise. 11 dash line to 9 dash despite China having the best claim to those islands. Disputes with friendlier nations were already settled with peaceful talks. China gave up so much claim in Siberia to appease Russia despite easily being able to take that region. That's becoming more the case with each passing day. I think this is also supposed to be a "show don't tell" piece of evidence to the rest of the non-western world, that China will be a better global superpower than the USA. But who knows how it'll behave in that position when it's actually there.