The world owes America just over $15 trillion as of May 2015, which is only $3 trillion under the United States national debt, according to First Post Magazine. Due to the amount of money owed to the United States, the national debt is not as problematic since both debts are almost equal in size.
Although the national debt is extremely high, the United States still holds a large influential position of power. Due to this, the world is at a stand-still. China, for instance, cannot retrieve its funds from America, nor can it release its debt, as the American allies will in turn pick up its slack, according to Forbes. However, a similar rule applies to those countries that owe the United States.