Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, December 8th – On December 8th, President Xi Jinping and President Bhandari of Nepal exchanged letters to jointly announce the elevation of Mount Everest.
Xi Jinping pointed out that last year, we reached a consensus between China and Nepal to jointly announce the latest elevation of Mount Everest. Over the past year, the two teams overcame difficulties and worked solidly to finally determine the snow elevation of Mount Everest based on the global elevation benchmark. Today, I would like to join President Bhandari in officially announcing to the world on behalf of China and Nepal that the latest elevation of Mount Everest is 8,848.86 meters.
Xi Jinping pointed out that Mount Everest is an important symbol of the friendship between the two countries for generations. The two countries established this world’s highest peak as the boundary peak between China and Nepal and the “China-Nepny Friendship Peak”.
Today, I jointly declare that the latest elevation of Mount Everest has the significance of the times and fully reflects the high level of sustainable development of Sino-Negoni relations. China is also willing to work with Nepal to actively promote the cooperation in ecological environment protection and scientific research of Mount Everest, and protect the precious wealth and homeland shared by the two peoples.
Xi Jinping stressed that this year marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Nepal. With the joint efforts of the two sides, the political mutual trust between the two countries is increasing day by day, and the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative has been steadily promoted. The cross-Himalayan three-dimensional interconnection network is changing from vision to reality.
China and Nepal should promote the continuous development of the two countries’ generational friendship strategic partnership for development and prosperity, and jointly build a closer community of destiny between China and Nepal for the benefit of the two countries and peoples.
In his letter, Bhandari said that Nepal and China have always been good neighbors, good friends and partners, and their cooperation in economic development, interconnection, humanities and other fields is in line with the interests of the two countries. Mount Everest is a long-term symbol of the traditional friendship between Nepal and China.
I am pleased to join you in announcing the latest snow elevation of Mount Everest at 8848.86 meters. Today, the two sides jointly announced the latest elevation of Mount Everest, which is of historic significance.
President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Nepal last year to promote China-Neal relations and bilateral cooperation into a new era. The two governments will be committed to implementing the visit consensus and jointly realizing economic and social development and prosperity.