OCCUPATION: Premier of the People's Republic of China
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PRO: The personable Premier often cited as a counterweight to chilly, distant President Hu Jintao is facing his great PR challenge yet: the Olympics, and all surrounding hoopla, state-planned and otherwise. In that latter category: violent protests in Tibet. So far, Wen's taken a nuanced approach (by Chinese standards): he's even signaled a conditional willingness to meet the Dalai Lama.
CON: Efforts to blame the Dalai for the violence in Tibet have had mixed results. And this is just the beginning: other Olympics-stoked protests are in the offing...
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