U.S. Debt Held by Foreign Entities

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Foreign entities own 32.5 percent of the entire U.S. national debt. To finance borrowing, the U.S. government sells treasury securities domestically and abroad. Foreign governments, individuals, and institutions then buy these securities as an investment. Currently, mainland China is the largest foreign owner of U.S. national debt with over $1.2 trillion.

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Date Produced: August 9, 2016

Source: Treasury (April 2016)

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