Although Liaoning got the set point first at 24-21, the consecutive errors in their front row let Zhejiang pull one set back.
However the Argentinian giants paid the price for the absence of a cutting edge in attack, registering their second draw from five matches in this season's campaign.
Jiangsu won their sixth straight game and advanced as the pace-setter in group A.
Roma, Paris Saint-Germain, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Wolverhampton Wanderers have also been linked with the attacker.
Salihamidzic seems to be facing a Herculean challenge to not only find a back-up for spearhead Lewandowski, an additional midfielder and a suitable full-back.
"The plan was to put Neymar close to Mbappe. We chose an offensive structure. We tried something and I have a lot of confidence in my team," Tuchel said after the match.
It seemed Liaoning would dominate the game again as they grabbed seven points in a row in the opening stage of the second set. However, Zhejiang then strengthened their blocking and gradually narrowed Liaoning's lead.
Real Madrid confirmed with a communique on their official website on Wednesday that the Belgian international has suffered "a muscle injury in his right leg."
However, the good news for Real Madrid is that Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio are both fit after missing the first two games of the season through injury. Both have trained with the rest of the first team squad at the start of the week and should be available to at least start on the bench on Wednesday.
Newly-promoted Stuttgart inflicted Mainz's second loss in as many games, as goals from Silas Wamangituka, Daniel Didavi, Mateo Klimowicz and Sasa Kalajdzic secured a 4-1 victory.
Some fans and pundits fear Flick could soon be fed up with his side's strategy to avoid costly transfers and follow what many call a healthy spending policy.