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A man rides a scooter past apartment highrises that are under construction near the new stadium in Zhengzhou, Henan province.   © Reuters

GUANGZHOU -- A tale that goes back to China's ancient Han Dynasty talks of farmers troubled by inconsistent government orders. A famous proverb describes directives sent out in the morning being changed by sunset.

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