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Latin American oil struggles could be good news for Washington

 BY FRANCO ORDONEZ

McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

WASHINGTON – Dropping oil prices have undermined Latin America’s economic boom, and that may be a good thing for U.S. diplomats.

It may seem something of a paradox that while the region has suffered from dropping demand for commodities in China, the economic challenge also is forcing some Latin America leaders – particularly those on the left – to once again look north in search of business opportunities they had previously shunned.

“What that means is even if they don’t like the United States, the United States becomes an important economic relationship and ...


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