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China’s Treasury Holdings Rise to 15-Month High as Japan Sells

China, the largest foreign lender to the U.S. government, boosted its holdings of Treasuries in February to the most in 15 months, while No. 2 Japan sold the debt for a fourth-consecutive month.

China’s position increased $8.7 billion, or 0.7 percent, to $1.223 trillion, U.S. Treasury Department data released yesterday show. Japan’s holdings dipped $6.8 billion, or 0.6 percent, to $1.097 trillion, the lowest since April 2012. Since reaching a peak of $1.132 trillion in October, Japan has shed $34.8 billion of the securities.