This from China's Xinhua newswire service (cos the main English language wires edit out any news that doesn't fit northern hemisphere political policy):
LA PAZ, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Bolivian government said on Monday that it refuses to blindly cater to the economic or political desires of the United States.
Bolivia's Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera said that as La Paz wanted to reset its diplomatic ties with Washington, based on mutual respect, the country should not become a slave of the United States, which he described as "the most important power and the market of the world."
In an interview with Radio Erbol, Bolivia's national radio, Garcia said Bolivia had been "the most subordinated" Latin American country to the United States in the past.
"We do not want a market in exchange for them (Americans) telling us who must be the master. We do not want tax preference in exchange for them telling us what must be our economic policy, because that will make us become a slave and a colony again," Garcia said.
According to Garcia, U.S. President Barack Obama, like his predecessor George W. Bush, had a "strong war policy" which did not allow ties between the two countries to improve.
"When he (Obama) learns to recognize that the world is a community of sovereign states, which voluntarily are independent, we will have better ties with the United States," Garcia said.
However, he added that Bolivia was open to establishing ties with all the countries in the world based on mutual respect of sovereignty.