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China, Japan Lead International Pack Holding U.S. Debt

Where does the debt issued by the United States' government go when it leaves our shores? The Guardian's Datablog takes a look at holdings outside of the U.S. with a data set detailing ownership of the $4.5 trillion spread around the world. Here are the top three (as of April):

  • China, $1.15 trillion
  • Japan, $907 billion
  • United Kingdom, $333 billion

Further down the list is a grab bag of bond holders such as Germany, Mexico and Turkey with amounts in the tens of billions.

The Datablog notes that total U.S. government debt has risen from $7.8 trillion in 2005 to more than $14 trillion today.