China says foreign companies pitching with cash, materials

Business | 13 Feb 2020 3:51 pm

Foreign companies across diverse industries are supporting China's fight against the new coronavirus  outbreak through donations and fee reductions.

Global mining giants BHP and Rio Tinto donated 10 million yuan and US$1 million, respectively, to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation to aid medical workers and purchase supplies, according to the companies' websites.

BHP Chief Executive, Mike Henry, expressed the company's wish to stand by the Chinese people to fight the outbreak in a note on the company's WeChat page.

Singapore-listed property developer CapitaLand and Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis donated medical supplies such as masks, goggles and protective suits to Chinese hospitals.

Vas Narasimhan, CEO of Novartis and an expert on public health, has also expressed deep concern over the epidemic while speaking highly of the control and prevention measures.

Over 200 foreign companies in China had donated cash and materials worth 1.3 billion yuan by Monday, according to the China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment.

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