Monday, October 14, 2013

6 Ways the World Is Reacting to the Shutdown and Debt Ceiling

The government shutdown and the threat of default are making Americans angry, and for good reason. As it turns out, a bunch of foreign governments and international political movements aren't too happy about our political situation, either. Here are some of the powerful people abroad who are shaking their heads—if they're not straight-up laughing at us.

1. China is very worried about the whole debt-ceiling thing. Beijing is "naturally concerned about developments in the US fiscal cliff," Zhu Guangyao, China's vice finance minister, told reporters, adding that it is Washington's "responsibility" to not default and ruin Chinese investments. China holds $1.28 trillion in US Treasuries.

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