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Walmart Blasted by Chinese Consumers Over Missing Xinjiang Items

  • Posts claiming Xinjiang goods removed by Sam’s Club go viral
  • World’s largest retailer risks impact from U.S.-China tensions
Inside Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s Sam's Club Store
Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Chinese social media platforms erupted on Friday over allegations that Walmart Inc. had stopped selling items from Xinjiang at its members-only grocery chain Sam’s Club in China, raising the risk that the world’s biggest retailer will be swept into escalating tensions between China and the U.S. over the western province. 

Posts of screenshots showing no search results for the word “Xinjiang” on Sam’s Club’s app went viral Friday on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like social media platform. Users claimed they had previously purchased items like Xinjiang apples and dates on the app and that the items had been de-stocked by Walmart.