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China Accuses Walmart of ‘Stupidity’ Over Missing Xinjiang Goods

  • Anti-graft watchdog warns retailer after social media uproar
  • Sam’s Club customers accused company of de-stocking items
Shoppers in a Walmart Sam's Club store in Beijing.
Shoppers in a Walmart Sam's Club store in Beijing.Photographer: Gilles Sabrie/Bloomberg
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China issued a stern warning to Walmart Inc. following allegations that the company’s warehouse stores in the country stopped selling items from Xinjiang, ramping up pressure on the retail giant amid rising tensions with the U.S. over the western province.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Chinese Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog, rejected suggestions that inventory management was behind the shift at Sam’s Club, Walmart’s members-only chain. Consumers will respond with “practical actions” if the company doesn’t “respect the feelings of the Chinese people,” the commission said Friday.