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China differs with Nepal over height of Mt Everest: Report

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

continues to differ with over the height of and sticks to its own calculation of the world's highest peak which is four meters less than the Kathmandu's measurement, a media report said today.

China's response came after reports said that had agreed to accept Nepal's measurement of the mountain, which is almost four meters taller.

The Chinese has contradicted the recent 'The New York Times' report that had recognised the mountain's height as 8,848 meters, quoting Ang Tshering Sherpa, the former of the Mountaineering Association.

has not changed its measurement of the height of Mount Qomolangma, the Chinese name of the Mt Everest, which stands at 8844.43 meters, state-run reported.

recognises as the world's tallest, measuring 8,844.43 meters above sea level, the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geo-information (NASG) told the state-run Agency.

The peak of Mt played a significant role in the settlement of boundary between and China, which earlier claimed the whole mountain as part of its territory after it took control of

But it was finally settled in 1961 after the intervention of the ruling Communist Party of (CPC) founder Mao Zedong, who suggested that the boundary line should pass through the summit of the Mt Everest, which was agreed by

More and more international climbers are reportedly using the Tibetan side of the Mt as has improved facilities compared to

In 2005, the NASG measured Mt Everest's rock base at 8844.43 meters above sea level. The depth of the snow on the mountain top was measured at 3.5 meters.

The NASG said that had never in any form said it has changed the 2005 result, which has been authorised by the central cabinet and released to the public in accordance with relevant regulations.

According to the NASG, the standard height of the mountain is important data for and international research on mapping, geosciences, and climate change and it also showcases comprehensive national strength.

"Each country's surveyors have the intention of making others recognise their own measurements and their own outcome. But the different heights come from different measurement methods," Zhao Kangning, former of China's of Global Navigation Satellite Systems and Applications, told

"The different measurements of Mount Qomolangma's height between and is a competition over the mountain," Xu Jianying, a research fellow of Research Centre for Chinese Borderland History and at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) said.

However, Li Guoqiang, another expert at CASS, said that "the dispute over the height of should not be politicised".

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 17:45 IST