PETROVSKY, seriously, I will explain why all the countries taking our debt will continue to do so. Because we on this board are not smarter than Japanese and Chinese fianance ministers. It was in their interest to do so 5 years ago, then 2 years ago when fannie got in trouble, then a year ago when the carmakers got in trouble and it must be in the worlds interest to do it now. Perhaps in part it is because we own something better than money or oil or gold....intelectual property. Im agine if the usa forced microsoft and many other high tech co's not to asell to china. Imagine how we could bring down the whole internet if we shut down google and yahoo? Whatewver the reason...they will keep our dollars..............and be happy to get 1/4 of it repaid as long as their own countries keep growing...AND THEY CAN KEEP PRINTING MONEY TO BUY OUR MONEY AND BONDS TOO! LMAO!