Most announcements about 'taking more aircraft soon' - whether from China or Malaysia - signal the intent to purchase pre-owned frames. Some carriers need to get more lift quickly, and the best way is to buy second-hand aircraft.
China is not different : CASC actually cannot force Chinese airlines to take aircraft that they don't need. If there is no taker for new A332/A333, the order will be amended, probably by conversion to the A330neo.
I'm sure Airbus has a clear picture of the situation except, to some extent, where the HNA group is concerned. China has helped with aircraft funding at the end of last year, but what about this year ?
"Bangkok-headquartered Thai AirAsia X will be adding two Airbus A330-900neo aircraft to its fleet in the second quarter to June 30, “subject to potential delays from Airbus,” the airline told Airfinance Journal on 18 March."
"In addition to the two aforementioned A330-900s, AirAsia X also plans to take delivery of three A330-300s this year."
Airbus has now published the latest, end March, version of their spreadsheet. As far as I can tell there have been no changes to the A330-200/300 unfilled orders. No deliveries, no conversions and no cancellations!!!