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# Trade official: Country X deserves economic retribution for

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Trade official: Country X deserves economic retribution for its protectionism. However, it is crucial that we recognize that there are overriding considerations in this case. We should still sell to X the agricultural equipment it ordered: there is high demand in our country for agricultural imports from X.
The argument depends on assuming which one of the following principles?
(A) Agricultural components of international trade are more important than nonagricultural commodities.
(B) The ability to keep popular products available domestically is less important than our being able to enter international market.
(C) We should never jeopardize the interests of our people to punish a protectionist country.
(D) In most cases, punishing a protectionist country should have priority over the interests of our people.
(E) We should balance the justice of an action with the consequences for our interests of undertaking that action.

between C and E?
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26 Sep 2010, 10:44
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Trade official: Country X deserves economic retribution for its protectionism. However, it is crucial that we recognize that there are overriding considerations in this case. We should still sell to X the agricultural equipment it ordered: there is high demand in our country for agricultural imports from X.
The argument depends on assuming which one of the following principles?
(A) Agricultural components of international trade are more important than nonagricultural commodities.
(B) The ability to keep popular products available domestically is less important than our being able to enter international market.
(C) We should never jeopardize the interests of our people to punish a protectionist country.
(D) In most cases, punishing a protectionist country should have priority over the interests of our people.
(E) We should balance the justice of an action with the consequences for our interests of undertaking that action.

between C and E?

I'd pick E. Option C talks about "punishing" a protectionist economy. Nowhere in the stimulus are we told anything about punishment. We are merely told that country X deserves economic redistribution because of protectionism. Deriving information strictly from the stimulus, you cannot ascertain that this is a punishment. Whereas, option E talks about the cause-effect relationship which is what is discussed in the stimulus. Think about consequences before implementing a decision. Hence correct answer is E.
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Trade official: Country X deserves economic retribution for its protectionism. However, it is crucial that we recognize that there are overriding considerations in this case. We should still sell to X the agricultural equipment it ordered: there is high demand in our country for agricultural imports from X.
The argument depends on assuming which one of the following principles?
(A) Agricultural components of international trade are more important than nonagricultural commodities.
(B) The ability to keep popular products available domestically is less important than our being able to enter international market.
(C) We should never jeopardize the interests of our people to punish a protectionist country.
(D) In most cases, punishing a protectionist country should have priority over the interests of our people.
(E) We should balance the justice of an action with the consequences for our interests of undertaking that action.

between C and E?

I'd pick E. Option C talks about "punishing" a protectionist economy. Nowhere in the stimulus are we told anything about punishment. We are merely told that country X deserves economic redistribution because of protectionism. Deriving information strictly from the stimulus, you cannot ascertain that this is a punishment. Whereas, option E talks about the cause-effect relationship which is what is discussed in the stimulus. Think about consequences before implementing a decision. Hence correct answer is E.

I agree with E, but I disagree with your logic. The passage says the country deserves "retribution," which IMO inherently suggests a punishment. I think the rest of the passage also suggests that the country would be hurt if it didn't receive the equipment mentioned, implying that it's being punished. The reason I went with E over C is because of how strong C is - we should never jeopardize the interests of our people to do punish a protectionist country. The passage doesn't suggest that it should NEVER do that, it just says IN THIS SITUATION it shouldn't do it ("However, it is crucial that we recognize that there are overriding considerations in this case.") That's why I think E is better.
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26 Sep 2010, 12:47
Oh dear, my bad. I read that as economic redistribution. And yes, there is a tone mismatch.
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26 Sep 2010, 20:30

C talks about jeopardizing the interests if people. However, E makes specific reference to consequence of actions, which is also mentioned in the statement.

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27 Sep 2010, 04:32
= 1 E.
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27 Sep 2010, 07:00
me too E.... agree with the explaination of TehJay
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03 Oct 2010, 17:23
E for me. C is extreme with the usage of "Never"; something which GMAT does not like
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20 Apr 2011, 22:57
My initial response was E but by my own mistake i chose C, but I now understand that E is the correct one.

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21 Apr 2011, 00:04
I missed the never word in C.
TehJay, thanks for the explanation.
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21 Apr 2011, 07:45
Conclusion: Sell to X the agri equipment
Premise 1: considerations > punishment
Need: We need imports from X

1) Agri > non agri is out of scope
2) Protection for our self is out of scope
3) Stem never said people are intereseted to do exports, demand is for imports.
4) Anti premise 1
5) To have our need we shall use premise 1 and perform conclusion.
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21 Apr 2011, 09:00
Clearly E .

C and D talks about our people , so eliminated .
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15 Jun 2011, 09:02
C is a may be may not be true answer option.The decision can be situation-al.

E is clear here.
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28 Apr 2015, 04:37
Assumption type of question. If stuck between two options, negate them and see if they weaken the argument

Negate the argument
Option C

We should never jeopardize the interests of our people to punish a protectionist country
negation: We should sometimes jeopardize the interests of our people to punish a protectionist country

This does not tear down the argument

Option E
We should balance the justice of an action with the consequences for our interests of undertaking that action.
Negation: We should not balance the justice of an action with the consequences for our interests of undertaking that action.

This weakens the argument. hence it is the answer
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09 Aug 2015, 17:59
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