A confrontation is looming between Wal-Mart and the Chinese Government and biggest trade-union group over the United States retailer's reluctance to allow unions into its mainland stores, the Wall Street Journal reported. The government is eager for the umbrella group of Chinese trade unions, called the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) to penetrate private foreign companies operating in China. In 2004, many companies identified by the ACFTU as not having unionized bowed to pressure, and Wal-Mart also said it would work with the group. The company now says it did not agree to unionize, but to abide by a Chinese law barring companies from obstructing workers from forming unions. Mike Duke, chief executive of Wal-Mart International, said early this month that as far as he knew, none of Wal-Mart's 30,000 workers at any of its 58 stores in China had expressed an interest in forming a union. Wal-Mart, which aggressively resists attempts to unionize, has remained mostly union-free throughout the world.