Not only does this epitomize government control going overboard, it also is much more devious than it seems. You’re probably thinking the entire thing is ludicrous.
How could a government decide what happens to you in the next life? And on the surface that is how it comes across, but in reality it's purpose is to curb the influence of the Dalai Lama!
Because Buddhist monks are now banned from reincarnating without government permission, the Chinese government will technically know where the next Dalai Lama will be born.
If, for example, someone comes forward later and claims to be the new Dalai Lama, the government can simply say, “Sorry! Our records don’t seem to indicate that!” Which divides the leadership of Tibetan Buddhism.
The current Dalai Lama has lived in India since 1959 and claims he will not be born in Tibet in the future to escape Chinese oppression!