What Countries Owe the United States Money?


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China owes the United States $1.3 trillion, which is the most debt out of all the countries that are its debtors. Japan was the primary debt holder until 2008, but now comes in second place, with $1.2 trillion. Other countries with outstanding U.S. debt include Russia, India and South Korea.

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European debt holders include Belgium, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Ireland, Germany, France and Italy. U.S. debt-holding nations around the world also include North American and South American countries and other nations: Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, South Africa, Israel, Turkey and Chile. The total dollar value of all the countries' debt was $6.1 trillion.

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