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The Biggest Holders of US Government Debt

US debt holdings: $900.2 billion The largest foreign holder of US Treasury securities, China currently holds $900.2 billion in American debt, a number which has risen every month since February 2010.

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3. China

U.S. debt holdings: $1.169 trillion

The largest foreign holder of US Treasury securities, China posesses $1.169 trillion in American debt, although it is down from all time highs of $1.314 trillion in July 2011. For more on China and currency, see CNBC Explains.

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