Hanabusa: Asia-Pacific turn goes beyond defense

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa says she expects more lawmakers and others to begin thinking about the United States refocusing on the Asia-Pacific region in terms of economics and other issues besides national defense.

Hanabusa told The Associated Press this week she believes more discussions around future prosperity will take shape as the United States negotiates a trans-Pacific trade pact with 11 other countries.

Hanabusa says the world's population is focused in the region and people are starting to realize the world's economic base is shifting.

The 12 countries, including Japan, Singapore and Vietnam, agreed to restart Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations in January.

Hanabusa spoke in a wide-ranging interview in which she also discussed her U.S. Senate campaign. The Democrat is challenging U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in a primary next year.

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