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Which foreign nation owns the greatest amount of U.S. federal government debt?

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As of May 2014, China owned about $1.3 trillion in U.S. federal government debt, more than any other nation. Japan was second with $1.2 trillion. Oil-exporting nations owned about $260 billion, and Switzerland owned about $170 billion.

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