U.S. Debt Held by Foreign Entities

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 $1.1 trillion.

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Date Produced: May 7, 2019

Source: U.S. Treasury Department (May 2019)

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