We are still learning to accept our neighbors and call them names. Paraguayans
mostly work in the construction industry; Bolivians produce and sell green
grocery. Uruguayans are our "nearest". We like their beaches and choose their
banks to evade local taxes when we have no access to more remote havens, or
need relative security in times of crisis.
Chileans, across the Andes, are doing a great job, their economy has been
flourishing for years now (despite their political problems, they are consistent,
love their country and respect their rules and policies, have diversified
their economy and are pushing exports) but they have been "underming" our
own markets and we secretly disdain them for their success.
Brazil is our big expansionist brother, with huge forest reserves (irrational
use of their land has caused them great harm), beautiful coast and friendly
people, who keep their smile in times of crisis.