FACTBOX-Key political risks to watch in the United States
November 01, 2010 at 07:30 AM EDT
Disruption to complex U.S. relations with China can move bonds, currencies, stocks and commodities globally. Beijing is the biggest single holder of U.S. Treasuries, with around $900 billion of them. Some in Washington have long feared that China could dump the bonds because of a political dispute, say over Taiwan, bringing prices tumbling down. But that would be counterproductive to China and is seen as unlikely.