This is not a joke:
Apparently, the Chinese, in their all-out effort to hold onto Tibet (for reasons I do not understand, but I’m eager to be educated on the subject),
“passed”decreed that Lamas in Tibet have to get permission from the Chinese government to be reincarnated.
I didn't know that the means of production included that.
Chinese Communists Motto: All your reincarnations are belong to us.
Link via Granite Grok.