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While President Trump’s argument for raising tariffs on Chinese imports is predicated on protecting American jobs, this in-depth report on The Verge shows how it could have a devastating effect on the thousands of tech start-ups that rely on many of the tariff-listed components. “Often borne out of crowdfunding campaigns, these companies have typically played American demand against Chinese manufacturing know-how, focusing on emerging products like smartwatches, VR controllers and the Internet of Things. The incoming tariffs make that approach both riskier and less profitable, potentially requiring an entire industry to rethink where it makes its goods.”

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