Wal-Mart has had the propensity to use blitzkrieg tactics as it blasts its way into new territories, sort of like Hitler and Nazi Germany only with a lot less direct killing. After having captured virtually all of the U.S. (it has over 4,000 stores here employing 1.4 million) it’s now attacking China. Store number 1 opened there in 1996, and today Wal-Mart has at least 184 stores in China.
Does Wal-Mart sell any U.S.-manufactured goods in China? Do Chinese citizens have the right to protest big-box construction plans the way some Buffalonians go after Bass Pro? (Answer: a surprising yes! See reference to Shanghai’s concerns about a 100,000 square foot supercenter.) Do the Chinese worry about suburban sprawl? Or pollution?
China has been paying a lot of homage to manufacturing and retail growth, and has opened its arms to retail giants like Wal-Mart and Carrefour. The concurrent energy production is mainly through coal, and any real concern for the environment has been ignored by the Chinese manufacturing and retail sectors alike. The country is building a new power plant every week and polluting its air and water at an alarming rate – in order to grow at a really wicked economic pace. Are they thinking about their children or just their own standard of living? This article indicates that if they don’t change their thinking on pollution controls, they won’t have any children to worry about.