China increases purchase of U.S. securities in April

12:38, June 16, 2010      

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China boosted purchases of U.S. long-term securities by 5 billion dollars to 900.2 billion dollars in April, its highest level since November 2009, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Tuesday.

The department said that foreign net purchases of U.S. long-term securities were 83.0 billions dollars in April, down from 140.5 billion dollars in the previous month.

The figures reflect demand for U.S. Treasury obligations and other assets including stocks and government agency debt, is key to funding the massive U.S. balance of payments deficit with the rest of the world.

Total foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities rose 72.8 billion dollars, or 1.9 percent to 3.96 trillion dollars in April.

According to the Treasury International Capital (TIC) report, China, the largest holder of U.S. Treasury securities, increased its holdings by 5 billion dollars, or 0.5 percent in April from the previous month of 895.2 billion dollars.

Japan, the second largest foreign holder of U.S. government debt, increased its holdings by 10.6 billion dollars to 795.5 billion dollars.

Britain also boosted its holdings to 321.2 billion dollars in April from 279.0 billion dollars in March.

Source: Xinhua


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