WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Dalai Lama said Thursday that an opportunity for President Obama to raise the Tibet issue with Chinese leader Hu Jintao - and the spiritual leader's strategic desire to avoid alienating the Chinese president ahead of Obama's visit to that nation - were more important than the chance to press his own political agenda in person during his latest visit to Washington.
"(A) more serious discussion is better than just a picture," he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an exclusive interview.
".... I have no disappointment," he said, in the decision to postpone a personal meeting with Obama until after next month's presidential visit to China.
"(Obama) already... indicated that he is going to speak with the Chinese.
And it seems that he possibly (will be) seriously engaging with the Chinese about the Tibet issue," among other issues like global warming, he said.
"Sometimes, you see, a little tough stand also helpful." But, he added, a "more conciliatory sort of attitude" is "sometimes...more helpful. So, this time... I do not want to create any inconvenience to anybody," and wish "to avoid embarrassment to the Chinese president."
"I feel that it is better in some cases not just to show a picture of a meeting. I think a more serious discussion is better than just a picture,"
The Dalai Lama, who was in contact with Obama both during and after the presidential campaign, said Thursday his White House visit would likely not take place until the end of this year or the beginning of 2010 because of scheduling issues on his part.
Blitzer's full interview with the Dalai Lama will air today on the Situation Room at 6 pm ET.