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Foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury debt up in June

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Foreign buyers continued to increase their holdings of U.S. Treasury securities for an 11th straight month in June, but the two largest overseas holders trimmed their shares, the U.S. Treasury Department said.

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The total foreign holdings rose to a record high of $6.013 trillion in June, compared with $5.977 trillion in May, the department said in the Treasury International Capital report.

China, the largest foreign buyer of the Treasury debt, cut its holdings by $2.5 billion to $1.2684 trillion, while Japan, the second largest, reduced 600 million to $1.2195 trillion, the report showed.

Belgium, the No. 3 investor, bought $1.7 billion of Treasury bills to $364.1 billion. Russia increased its holdings by $2.5 billion to 113.9 billion.

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