THE HEMISPHERE: Deal in Tin

In the hemispheric game of making friends (and thus influencing peoples), Argentina is one up on the U.S. As a result, Bolivia, already on a diet of Argentine beef and wheat, now looks to Buenos Aires for much of its folding money.

The story is told in terms of Bolivia's one export crop: tin. For weeks, Bolivia has been dickering with the U.S. Metals Reserve Co. for a 9¢-a-pound price boost (to 76¢) on the 20,000 tons it ships annually to the tin-hungry U.S. The U.S. finally offered 74¢. Then the Argentines (who are granting Bolivia a $62,500,000 loan) stepped in....

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