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Kathmandu, Nepal (AP) —China and Nepal jointly announced the new official height of Everest on Tuesday, ending the disagreement between the two countries.

The new height of the world’s highest peak is 8,848.86 meters (29,031.7 feet), which is slightly higher than previous measurements in Nepal and about 4 meters (13 feet) higher than China’s measurements.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Gawali pressed a button at the same time during the virtual meeting, and the new height flashed on the screen.

The height of Everest on the border between China and Nepal was agreed after Nepalese surveyors peaked in 2019 and the Chinese team did the same in 2020.

There was debate about the actual height of the peak, and there was concern that it might have shrunk after the 2015 earthquake. The quake killed 9,000 people, damaged about one million buildings in Nepal, and caused an avalanche in Everest, killing 19 people. base camp.

Everest was undoubtedly the highest peak, as the second highest mountain, K2, is only 8,611 meters (28,244 feet) high.

Everest’s height was first determined by a British team around 1856 to be 8,842 meters (29,002) feet.

However, the most accepted height was 8,848 meters (29,028 feet) as determined by the Survey of India in 1954.

In 1999, a team from the National Geographic Society using GPS technology came up with a height of 8,850 (29,035 feet). The 2005 Chinese team said it was 8,844.43 meters (29,009 feet) because it did not include the snow cap.

A team of Nepalese government mountaineers and surveyors scaled Everest in May 2019 and installed GPS and satellite equipment to measure the summit and snow depth.

Xi Jinping Jintao of China visited Nepal in the second half of the year, was determined that the two countries leaders should agree on the height.

A Chinese research team then conducted measurements in the spring of 2020, but all other expeditions were canceled due to a coronavirus pandemic.

The Nepalese mountaineering community welcomed the end of the turmoil regarding mountain height.

Santa Bill Lama, President of the Nepalese Mountaineering Association, said:

China’s official Xinhua New Agency quoted Xi as both sides have promised to jointly protect the environment around Everest and cooperate in scientific research.

To China, the announcement seemed as political as geography. China has brought Nepal on track by investing in Nepal’s economy and building highways, dams, airports and other infrastructure in poor countries.

It seems to help China’s interest in reducing the influence of its conflicting border-sharing rivals India, and Nepal’s role as a destination for refugee Tibetans.

The Xinhua report does not say anything about the technical aspects, but emphasizes the geopolitical importance of the joint presentation.

China and Nepal will establish “a closer community of a shared future to enrich the country and its people,” Xinhua quoted as Xi said.

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