Small businesses risk being wiped out in US-China trade war

Ms Vanessa Topper's company, Topnest Design, is one of many hundreds, even thousands of small businesses caught in the spokes of the US-China trade war, with few resources to hunt for alternative suppliers.
Ms Vanessa Topper's company, Topnest Design, is one of many hundreds, even thousands of small businesses caught in the spokes of the US-China trade war, with few resources to hunt for alternative suppliers.PHOTO: COURTESY OF TOPNEST DESIGNS

WASHINGTON - Vanessa Topper has been running a small wine accessories business in Tiburon, in California's Bay Area north of the Golden Gate Bridge, for close to 20 years, and gets her polypropylene wine bags from a supplier in China.

Her company, Topnest Design, is one of many hundreds, even thousands of small businesses caught in the spokes of the United States-China trade war, with few resources to hunt for alternative suppliers.

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