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One analyst predicts that Hong Kong can retain its capitalist ways aft

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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.

Originally posted by acer2knight on 04 Jul 2009, 17:41.
Last edited by Bunuel on 23 Jan 2019, 03:23, edited 1 time in total.
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I am with B

If HK is lives with capitalist ways, HK will be allowed to remain with capitalist ways. Straight B!
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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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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; 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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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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mikeCoolBoy 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;

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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New post 24 Dec 2016, 10:35
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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