Q: Chile's copper exports helped the country weather the global economic crisis, but now its reliance on exports of the red metal are posing difficulties for the South American nation's economy. Disappointing Chinese and U.S. manufacturing growth figures have fueled concerns that the global supply of copper is outstripping demand. What does the future hold for Chile's copper industry and the country's economy in general? Does the country need to do more to diversify its economy? How will internal factors, such as labor disputes, affect Chile's copper industry and the economy?

A: Maria Velez de Berliner, president of Latin Intelligence Corporation:...

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