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New efforts by Venezuela’s national oil firm, PDVSA, to raise its lagging production. Is this really a change in strategy?

Mexico and China have often seen each other as rivals as they compete for market share in the United States. 

The Chinese president’s two-day trip to Mexico signifies the improved Mexico-China relationship and foreshadows a more robust partnership.
China adjusts to doing business in the Americas.
Brazil’s small medal count at the 2012 Games is due to a history of less government investment in its Olympics programs, as well as a lower emphasis on Olympic success as a variable in international legitimacy.

Top stories this week are likely to include: G-20 economic summit in Los Cabos; Rio+20 conference on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro; the hemisphere reacts to Obama’s immigration policy shift; South Korea’s president and China’s premier embark on separate Latin America tours; and Humala’s approval hits a new low.

In Beijing yesterday Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said China is “very interested” in investing in an oil pipeline that would run from Venezuela to Colombia’s Pacific coast.

Top stories this week are likely to include: Mexico’s presidential candidates debate; Dilma and the forestry law; Humala and Santos travel to Asia; and Venezuela proposes an alternative to the IACHR.

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