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Foreign holdings of U.S. debt rise to 5.66 trillion USD in February


08:21, April 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, April 15 (Xinhua) -- Total foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities continued to rise in February, indicating rising international demand for American government debt, U.S. Treasury Department reported Monday.

Overall foreign holdings of the U.S. Treasury securities reached 5.6569 trillion U.S. dollars in February, up from a revised 5.6430 trillion dollars in January. It was the fourteenth consecutive monthly increase.

According to the Treasury International Capital report, China, the largest foreign holder of the U.S. Treasury securities, boosted its holdings by 8.7 billion dollars to 1.2229 trillion dollars.

Japan, the second largest foreign holder of the U.S. government debt, trimmed its holdings from 1.1039 trillion dollars in January to 1.0971 trillion dollars in February.

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