According to sources she did try to apply for a visa to enter the nation, but was denied by Chinese officials.
The insider said: "She was initially granted a visa to perform at the VS show in Shanghai, then Chinese officials changed their minds and yanked her visa".
Anti-China protesters in Taiwan have adopted the sunflower as a symbol for their independence fight in recent years, to the chagrin of the Chinese government.
Perry also draped the Taiwanese flag over her shoulders in an apparent show of support for the country.
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Gigi Hadid was scheduled to walk in the fashion show for the third year in a row, but announced on Thursday via Twitter that she was no longer attending. Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!
Meanwhile, it's thought other models are also having visa issues because of social media posts deemed offensive that have been unearthed. Well, that's the supposed venue for Victoria's Secret fashion show set for Monday but things aren't going well. As previously reported, the post shared on Instagram showed the model holding up a chocolate dessert shaped like a sumo wrestler's face and imitating the face by squinting her eyes.
With the show taking place in Shanghai, commenters called for the model to drop out nearly immediately after news broke that she was joining the 2017 model cast.
It was a major incident at the time, with Chinese officials working to scrub the image from social platforms in the country, though Rolling Stone pointed out Perry had worn the dress on several other occasions during the tour-including in Shanghai.
Find out which models will be walking the 2017 Victoria's Secret show. Runway models Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva, Irina Sharipova, and Dasha Khlystun have also been unable to obtain work visas in the country (via Fashionista).