Dear Editor,

The Nations of Oceania, grouped in the Pacific Islands Forum, have constantly looked to Asia. It is natural, because it is the closest and immediate.

However, we cannot forget that towards the other side, to the West, to South America. Chile and Peru may be far away, but they share with us the experience of having been colonies, and have achieved high development despite this.

These two South American countries already have a huge economic and cultural collaboration with Australia and New Zealand.

And Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, is a true South American bridgehead in Oceania, which opens doors to mutual collaboration. If Turkey, Cuba and Spain are Dialogue partners of the Pacific Islands Forum, why couldn’t Chile and Peru join, since they are closer and can contribute as well?

Marco Antonio Rino

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