SEATTLE (Reuters) – The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, said on Friday he did not support a boycott of the Beijing Olympic Games.

Asked on NBC “Nightly News” whether he wanted the world to boycott the Olympics this summer, the Dalai Lama replied, “No.”

Asked if he wanted the United States and other world leaders to boycott the opening ceremony in support of Tibet, he replied, “That’s up to them.”

“It is very important to make clear, not only just the Tibet case. But in China proper, the report of human right is poor. And their freedom, also very poor,” the Dalai Lama said.

Asked what his message to China was, he said: “My main point is: We are not against you. And I’m not seeking separation.”‘

China blames the Dalai Lama for orchestrating monk-led protests in Tibet last month that later turned violent as part of a campaign for independence.

The Dalai Lama, who fled to India in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule, denies involvement.