Safin has not pulled out of Shanghai as of yet
Translated roughly from Sina.com.cn from Chinese as follows:
Quoting Brad Drewett, as of today (Nov. 1) neither TMC Shanghai or the ATP has recieved official withdrawal from Safin himself. Safin has booked hotel room at Hilton Shanghai from Nov. 11. He will show up to promote some brand and the TMC in Shanghai regardless.
Federer, Safin, Roddick and Agassi have asked TMC for help with their China entry visa. Roger Federer will arrive in Shanghai this coming Sunday (Nov. 6). TMC in Shanghai also disclosed other players' estimated date of arrival:
Nov. 7: Nadal, Agassi
Nov. 9: Hewitt, Roddick
(sina.com.cn is the official TMC Chinese website partner.)