Shen Shiwei screenshots the webpage:
ST PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The WTA has announced further updates to the 2021 Tour calendar. Due to continued COVID-19 concerns and travel restrictions in China and Japan, the WTA tournaments traditionally scheduled in Chinese Mainland and Japan will not operate this year. This applies to all events except for the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, which is still under discussion.
WTA ANNOUNCES 2021 CALENDAR UPDATE, 1 July 2021, viewed 7 December 2021.
While the WTA's website doesn't fully support the claim, it does raise the possibility that cancelling events in China could be predominately or entirely because of COVID-19, and not in relation to Peng Shuai. So...
Question: Were the Chinese tennis events cancelled by the WTA in relation to Peng Shuai already cancelled because of COVID-19?