WPA Statement On China Open

The WPA is concerned about the recent threads on social media regarding the China Open and the upcoming Jinan Heritage Classic 8-Ball tournament in China. 
It is true that some players are still awaiting payment of their prize money from the recent China Open, which is a completely separate issue and is being pursued by the WPA. The Jinan event has nothing whatsoever to do with the organizer of the China Open and the event is sponsored and guaranteed by the Jinan government. The risk of whether or not players will be paid from this event surely must be minimal to say the least.
Prize money for the Jinan event is approximately $480,000 and is an event for 96 men and 48 women. In the overall scheme of things, this is quite decent prize money for our sport. 
It is also worth mentioning that the WPA has the 10-Ball World Championship on its calendar for November, two events, one for 96 men and the other for 48 women. Prize money for these events is approximately $475,000.
Also, in October we have another new ranking event, this time in Korea, the Guri City International, also for men and women.