OPEC's Secrets

Veils over Arab investments

Japanese holdings in the U.S. total a hefty $34 billion. The Canadians have some $30 billion in securities and other assets in the U.S. Although investment tallies for most countries are routinely made public by the U.S. Treasury, the Government insists on guarding the confidentiality of those by Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and other OPEC members. The Treasury will reveal only the combined totals for all 13 OPEC members, so that neither Congress nor the public knows how much any individual country has invested in the...

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