Factbox: China leads list of biggest U.S. creditors

WASHINGTON Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:31am EST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will host Chinese President Hu Jintao for a state visit on January 19, and the leaders of the two economic powerhouses are expected to discuss thorny issues such as China's trade surplus and its currency policies.

The United States will tread carefully as Beijing is the country's largest creditor, holding more than $900 billion worth of U.S. Treasury bonds.

Below are the top 10 largest holders of U.S. debt as of the end of October.

-- China, mainland: $906.8 billion

-- Japan: $877.4 billion

-- United Kingdom: $477.6 billion*

-- Oil exporters, which include Ecuador, Venezuela, Indonesia, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Gabon, Libya, and Nigeria: $213.9 billion.

-- Brazil: $177.6 billion

-- Hong Kong: $139.2 billion

-- Caribbean banking centers, which include Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Netherlands Antilles and Panama: $133.7 billion

-- Russia: $131.6 billion

-- Taiwan: $131.2 billion

-- Canada: $125.2 billion

* UK figure may include government debt bought by other countries through London intermediaries

Source: Treasury Department

(Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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Comments (14)
Teaparty01 wrote:
The US debt to overseas endities has to be sharply reduced to begin with

Jan 10, 2011 10:52am EST  --  Report as abuse
RathaPM wrote:
China is the U.S.’ largest FOREIGN creditor. The largest CREDITOR in total to the United States is the United States. China’s ownership of U.S. government debt is approximately 6.5%. This is exactly the sort of shoddy reporting that fosters ignorance about the economic relationship between the United States and other nations, and creates needless fear and hysteria.

Jan 10, 2011 11:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
txgtrpr wrote:
I’m a simple man. It seems to me we Should Be reporting the debt that is held by USA. How much in other countries bonds are held by US interest?

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