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New post 24 Aug 2009, 12:02
I don't like the wording of allowed in this case since the verb "retain" leads me to believe it is Hong Kong's choice on whether or not it is capitalist.

But looking at D again - it is not correct as it does not mention whether the chain is broken before 1997. The date of the analysts predictions aren't given - could be 1995

If Hong Kong is not prosperous or capitalist prior to 1997 we can't infer it will be prosperous afterwards.

That makes B the lesser of the evils.

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New post 24 Aug 2009, 18:08
D,

the passage says hongkong WILL REMAIN prosperous if it retains its capitalist ways, which suggest it is already prosperous, which, according to the passage, will make hongkong useful to china, and which suggests that china will allow hongkong to retain its capitalist ways, which suggest hongkong will be prosperous even after 1997.


wow, totally missed this one....
after reading the OA and the question again, being able to retain its capitalist ways is the prerequisite for everything...not hongkong is prosperous...so B would be the logical answer, if hongkong remains capitalist, then it will be prosperous, then will be useful to china then blah blah...

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New post 24 Aug 2009, 23:59
One analyst predicts that Hong Kong can retain its capitalist ways after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997 as long as a capitalist Hong Kong is useful to China;

This can be diagrammed as


(1) capitalist Hong Kong is useful to China ---> Hong Kong can retain its capitalist ways after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997

a capitalist Hong Kong will be useful to China as long as Hong Kong is prosperous;


(2) Hong Kong is prosperous ---> a capitalist Hong Kong will be useful to China

joining (1) and (2)

(3) Hong Kong is prosperous ---> Hong Kong can retain its capitalist ways after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997


Hong Kong will remain prosperous as long as it retains its capitalist ways.

(4) it retains capitalist ways ---> Hong Kong will remain prosperous

joining (3) and (4)

it retains capitalist ways --->Hong Kong can retain its capitalist ways after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997

Conclusion
If Hong kong retains capitalist ways, it can keep them after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997

Answer choice B is exactly this

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One analyst predicts that Hong Kong can retain its capitalist ways after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997 as long as a capitalist Hong Kong is useful to China;

This can be diagrammed as


(1) capitalist Hong Kong is useful to China ---> Hong Kong can retain its capitalist ways after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997

a capitalist Hong Kong will be useful to China as long as Hong Kong is prosperous;


(2) Hong Kong is prosperous ---> a capitalist Hong Kong will be useful to China

joining (1) and (2)

(3) Hong Kong is prosperous ---> Hong Kong can retain its capitalist ways after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997


Hong Kong will remain prosperous as long as it retains its capitalist ways.

(4) it retains capitalist ways ---> Hong Kong will remain prosperous

joining (3) and (4)

it retains capitalist ways --->Hong Kong can retain its capitalist ways after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997

Conclusion
If Hong kong retains capitalist ways, it can keep them after it becomes part of mainland China in 1997

Answer choice B is exactly this


Hey guys,

OA of this one is clearly B.
This basically a sequence and we need to go from the end until the beginning. This one is solved kinda reading the argument backwards.
B is exactly the answer choice that we are looking for and will respect the logic sequence.

Hence (B)
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I will go with A.

If Hong Kong fails to stay prosperous, it will no longer remain part of mainland China.

What is the OA.

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New post 24 Dec 2016, 11:35
IMO B

A. WRONG. HK has to abandon its capitalist setup if it is not useful to China anymore. It is nowhere mentioned in the argument that China will release HK if it fails.
B. CORRECT. China would allow HK to exercise capitalism after 1997 if HK was already doing that
C & E WRONG. Out of scope info
D WRONG. It is not implied from the argument that HK will continue to prosper in future

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