This is fun: Spiritual hard ball over Tibetan nationalism.
HONG KONG — 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.
This could work to China's advantage. Suppose the Chinese government launches a crash program to develop the technology needed to grab spirits from the spirit world. THen the Dalai Lama dies. If he decides to stay in the spirit world then the Chinese could reach over, grab his spirit, and put it in a Han baby. Then the Dalai Lama will be reborn Chinese and raised to have Chinese values and loyalties. So much for Tibetan nationalism.
Of course, what if the Dalai Lama is just pretending and he really intends to secretly reincarnate as the son of a top Chinese official. Then he could rise to the top, become President of China, and free Tibet. A long term plan. But his soul must be centuries old by now and used to pursuing long term strategies.
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