The power of Communist apparatchiks should extend to matters of the afterlife.
At least they think so.
Chinese Communist Party leaders are afraid that the Dalai Lama will not have an afterlife. Worried enough that this week, officials repeatedly warned that he must reincarnate, and on their terms.
The 14th Dalai Lama is pushing 80, and the government in Beijing would like to tighten its hold on Tibet when he dies.
Officials have amplified their argument that the Communist government is the proper guardian of the Dalai Lama’s succession through an intricate process of reincarnation that has involved lamas, or senior monks, visiting a sacred lake and divining dreams.