Amid bitter trade war with China, US companies pledge millions of dollars in aid

Despite a bitter and protracted trade war with China, US-based multinational companies are pledging millions of dollars to support relief efforts during the coronavirus epidemic, with donations from surgical masks and gowns to food and research for a vaccine. “The Chinese folks we deal with are grateful for this lifesaving help," said Doug Barry, a spokesman for the US-China Business Council. "In the end, it's about doing the right thing — a pause in the trade war to reflect on our common humanity. Maybe something to build on once the crisis passes."