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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1948. The Western Hemisphere

Argentina,   pp. 279-328 PDF (19.0 MB)

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ference 4 undertake a task roughly similar to that of the sixteen nation
conference held at Paris.5
  Argentina will probably hold up its own bilateral trade treaties with
its neighbors as examples of a proper line of procedure and is so in-
structing its Bogota' delegation. Argentina's ambition is doubtless to
gain greater international influence and concomitantly to attain a
greater degree of industrialization with the attendant assured markets
in South America. We should not be disturbed by this. The more
Argentina is involved in over-all Latin American economic coopera-
tion the less possibility there is of an austral bloc. Argentina's neigh-
bors can be trusted not to deliver themselves fully into that country's
power. We should strongly encourage Argentine economic coopera-
tion in inter-American matters.
  Argentina as a military threat. If we should have a war in the
future, we want Argentina on our side. There is no better way to do
this than by increasing our influence with the armed forces. By supply-
ing Argentina with the arms and technical knowledge it is requesting
we would not be making that country a military threat to the U.S. or
to any other country in the hemisphere. Even if given all the help it
requests, Argentina would be in no position to be a military threat to
us and we would not permit that country to attack another American
  Per'n 6 and his ,administration....
  Informational & Cultural programs. Our relations with Argentina
in the near future will depend on the attitude of the Government and
the trend of our political dealings and not to any appreciable degree
on our information or cultural activities. Our cultural activities should
be directed to a very practical end. We can encourage the Argentines
to look to the United States for scientific, engineering and other
knowledge, to buy U.S. books, and to look to us for technical assistance
and other help in developing their country. Such measures will pro-
mote commerce with the U.S. and make our relations with Argentina
more productive. A cultural program for culture's sake should not
give us any great concern for the moment.
   Argentine beef. The best we can do for the moment is to soft-pedal
 this question.
   U.S. Attitude toward Argentina. If the European Recovery Pro-
   4 For documentation on postponement of the projected Buenos Aires Confer-
 ence, see pp. 73 ff.
   5 For documentation on the conference that led to formation of the Committee
 of European Economic Cooperation (based on the Marshall Plan), see Foreign
 Relations, 1947, vol. m, pp. 249 ff.
   6 Juan D. Per6n, President of Argentina.

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