In debates, it is common for “pro-China” arguments to be dismissed by hypocrites who trot out the “two wrongs don’t make a right” fallacy. For example, a murderer criticizes a one-time burglar to no end, and the burglar finally points out the murderer’s heinous crime. The burglar obviously cannot absolve his guilt by pointing out someone else’s wrong. Hence, the “two wrongs don’t make a right” fallacy. However, the burglar is absolutely correct to point out the hypocrisy, especially when the murderer makes himself out to be a model citizen. That fallacy cannot simply be used to dismiss the burglar’s rightful criticism. To do so is to further heighten that hypocrisy at best, or at worse to not accept one’s own heinous act as crime which makes that person more prone to repeat.
China obviously has many problems; pollution, corruption, food safety, poverty, wealth gap, and so on. Why are comparisons often employed by “pro-China” arguments? That’s because advancing society, especially a county of 1.3 billion, is an arduous task. Despite the shining examples that are developed countries, especially the supposed ‘democracies,’ who are often put on a pedestal, they nevertheless are full of faults. Despite their best efforts, they still have tons of problems not able to overcome. The comparisons are employed because the “pro-China” arguments are trying to appeal to rationality; perhaps some of China’s problems given her unique circumstances are difficult to overcome too.
Understanding the “two wrongs don’t make a right” fallacy does not mean others don’t understand that idea. Using that fallacy to dismiss other’s perfectly valid argument is a fallacy itself; it’s hypocrisy and I dare say, low quality in one’s character.