For evaluation and training (dissimilar combat training/aggressor squads). Not for general use. I think it would be wise to qualify statements about the US buying them. It does not mean the US considers the Su-57 to be a parity product.
I don't think the distinction is worthwhile. The US may not have introduced them into general use because those purchases were not Soviet/Russian sanctioned and were done without Russia's knowledge. The US also does not use and is not familiar with Russian equipment and the purchases were of even smaller numbers, often an individual unit. The Chinese purchase is all public knowledge and a direct deal between Russia and China. Russia wouldn't sell just a handful despite this being what China requested. The minimum was eventually decided to be 24 units and why not put most of them to use? I don't understand the point you're trying to make. There seems to be some underlying suggestion but it's very flimsy.