The numbers are presented in the U.S. Treasury Department's revised annual statement. In its earlier monthly estimate, released Feb. 15, China's December holdings were put at $891.6 billion, down from $895.6 billion in November.
The revised figures showed China had cut its December holdings by about $4 billion from that of November.
Japan was the second-largest holder of Treasury securities with $882.3 billion at the end of December, up from November's $875.9 billion. Britain was third with $272.1 billion, up from $242.5 billion in November.
Foreign holdings of U.S. debt at the end of December totaled nearly $4.44 trillion, up from $4.41 trillion in November, the revised figures showed.