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China denies rumours of losing $450 bn in Fannie, Freddie debt

China's foreign exchange regulator has refuted media reports that the country may lose up to $ 450 billion by holding bonds of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the US mortgage giants, which according to speculation may be phased out by the US government. "The report is groundless," China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) said in a statement. The regulator said it has been receiving regular payments of interest and principal on the bonds it holds in the two companies, state run China Daily reported. "Calculated in accordance with widely used indexes from 2008 to 2010, the annual investment return on the debt was about 6 per cent on average," the statement said, adding China has never invested in the two companies' equities, therefore it hasn't been affected by the decline in their stock prices. The administration reiterated that security is its top priority when making investments using the country's foreign reserves, and it has already taken appropriate measures to offset major potential risks. China's foreign reserves rose to a record $ 2.85 trillion at the end of last year, an 18.7 per cent increase year-on-year.