Local employees have established a branch of the Communist Party at [Wal-Mart's] China headquarters. The party branch was set up in the office in the southern city of Shenzhen where Wal-Mart runs its fast-growing China business, said Jonathan Dong, the company's spokesman in China.
Wal-Mart's acquiescence to the party cells – a decade after it opened its first store in China – reflects a stepped up effort to ingratiate itself with a country that it sees as increasingly vital to its future growth. The establishment of party branches follows a similar retreat for Wal-Mart in July, when the company – which has remained largely union-free elsewhere – caved to strong pressure from China's All-China Federation of Trade Unions to allow union branches in its stores.
Fascism to remain at U.S. and European stores, for the time being.
Wal-Mart Workers in China Set Up Communist Party Branch [WSJ]