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.