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# One analyst predicts that Hong Kong can retain its

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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; that a capitalist Hong Kong will be useful to China as long as Hong Kong is prosperous; and that Hong Kong will remain prosperous as long as it retains its capitalist ways.
If the predictions above are correct, which of the following further predictions can logically be derived from them?
(A) If Hong Kong fails to stay prosperous, it will no longer remain part of mainland China.
(B) If Hong Kong retains its capitalist ways until 1997, it will be allowed to do so afterward.
(C) If there is a world economic crisis after 1997, it will not adversely affect the economy of Hong Kong.
(D) Hong Kong will be prosperous after 1997.
(E) The citizens of Hong Kong will have no restrictions placed on them by the government of mainland China.
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Re: Hong Kong is useful to China [#permalink]

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22 Sep 2009, 11:58
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noboru wrote:
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; that a capitalist Hong Kong will be useful to China as long as Hong Kong is prosperous; and that Hong Kong will remain prosperous as long as it retains its capitalist ways.
If the predictions above are correct, which of the following further predictions can logically be derived from them?
(A) If Hong Kong fails to stay prosperous, it will no longer remain part of mainland China >> it cannot be inferred that if HK is not prosperous it will be kicked out of mainland China.
(B) If Hong Kong retains its capitalist ways until 1997, it will be allowed to do so afterward >> yes, because capitalist=>prosperous=>useful to China=>capitalist
(C) If there is a world economic crisis after 1997, it will not adversely affect the economy of Hong Kong >> nothing can be said about impact of crisis on HK
(D) Hong Kong will be prosperous after 1997. >> only if it retains its capitalist ways, so this cannot be predicted too
(E) The citizens of Hong Kong will have no restrictions placed on them by the government of mainland China.>>irrelevant

IMO B. OA?
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Re: Hong Kong is useful to China [#permalink]

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22 Sep 2009, 12:30

We discussed this one a few weeks ago
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25 Sep 2009, 12:21
If HOng Kong remains Capitalist till 97, after that according to the argument it will remain prosperous. B.
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29 Aug 2010, 10:38
Last piece of the argument reads "a capitalist Hong Kong will be useful to China as long as Hong Kong is prosperous; and that Hong Kong will remain prosperous as long as it retains its capitalist ways."
This means that if Hong Kong remains capitalist till 1997, it is also prosperous.
Now, from the initial part of the argument , China will let Hong Kong retain its capitalist ways if Hong Kong is prosperous. This implies that if HongKong stays capitalist (and hence prosperous), it can retain its capitalist ways after it becomes a part of mainland China.

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16 Sep 2010, 20:01
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noboru wrote:
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; that a capitalist Hong Kong will be useful to China as long as Hong Kong is prosperous; and that Hong Kong will remain prosperous as long as it retains its capitalist ways.
If the predictions above are correct, which of the following further predictions can logically be derived from them?
(A) If Hong Kong fails to stay prosperous, it will no longer remain part of mainland China.
(B) If Hong Kong retains its capitalist ways until 1997, it will be allowed to do so afterward.
(C) If there is a world economic crisis after 1997, it will not adversely affect the economy of Hong Kong.
(D) Hong Kong will be prosperous after 1997.
(E) The citizens of Hong Kong will have no restrictions placed on them by the government of mainland China.

I vote for B since

Capitalist HK -- useful to CN since Capitalist HK is prosperous and HK is prosperous since it is a capitalist economy.

Also stimulus talks of the merger of HK with CN in 1997 and so if HK can remain prosperous by virtue of being either being a socialistic or capitalist will be allowed to remain so.

Hence option B.
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17 Sep 2010, 11:08
marked b ............:D

I guess its low on difficulty level!!!!!
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