Nadal will not put 100% for the rest of the events before YEC I'm sure. He wouldn't want to tire himself out playing the MMs while the others having some good time relaxing and rest for YEC. We'll probably see Tsonga, Berdych etc. dominating the Asian/indoors season.
Well it`s not that surprising.Last year he did play but he didn`t do Davis Cup and i think like 2 years ago when he did Davis Cup he also skipped China.So certainly he doesn`t wanna do a long travel after another especially after the Australian trip.