FOREIGN TRADE: Bolivian Tungsten, Pati

Simon Patiño, the world's richest Bolivian, returned to Manhattan from Panama last week at a critical moment in U.S.-Bolivian relations. U.S. industry badly needs Bolivian tungsten, in which Patiño has an interest, and Bolivian tin ore, over half of which he controls. Last week the U.S. arranged to get the tungsten, but it is still not getting the tin ore.

Cynical Americans could conclude that the Bolivian Government is still a Patiño government, although Patiño has not set foot in the country for 17 years. Equally cynical Bolivians, on the other hand, deduced that the U.S. was...

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