"At 76 years old, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, counters Beijing's claims that they have the right to identify his successor with laughter and mocking jest.
"It is quite strange - as non-believers, totally non-believers, atheists - showing interest about reincarnation," the Dalai Lama said in an interview in Ottawa.
"I jokingly tell them: In order to be involved in my reincarnation, firstly, they should accept Buddhism. Or religion. Or Buddhism. Then they should recognize Chairman Mao Zedong's reincarnation. Deng Xiaopeng's reincarnation. Then, they have reason to show some interest about the Dalai Lama's reincarnation. Otherwise, nonsense!"....