Anita Chan is a professor at the China Research Centre of the University of Technology, Sydney, and has published nine books about China. A specialist in Chinese labor issues, she is the editor of Wal-Mart in China and of Labor in Vietnam, forthcoming this year.
With more than 10,000 suppliers in China manufacturing for Wal-Mart, the great majority of its merchandize is “Made in China.” Wal-Mart is now becoming a major retail presence there as well. The company has already opened close to 200 stores in 101 Chinese cities and hopes to roll out ever more big-box emporiums across the urban Chinese landscape. What happens when the world’s biggest retailer and the world’s biggest country do business with each other?