Oddly enough I actually like the way they drive in China better than in the US. It's certainly true that Chinese traffic laws are more policy hints than laws, or so it seems, but Chinese drivers make maximum use of the roadway and gaps in traffic. For the most part, traffic keeps moving, but at slower speeds. In the US, people follow the laws so traffic flows faster. The problem with this is that when accidents do happen, they are usually at higher speeds and therefore a lot worse. I don't know how anyone could possibly drive in Beijing while being distracted by a phone. All the taxis I rode in were driven by people who had to be focused on the traffic around them. No way they could navigate it otherwise. For all of these reasons a self driving car that can navigate Chinese streets tells me the technology is advancing.
Chinese driving habits make crossing a street as a pedestrian a rather memorable experience. Good practice for getting used to self driving cars that slow down but don't stop when you are in front of them.