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Everest

Height of farce as China and Nepal squabble over size of Everest

Ever since Everest was identified as the world’s highest peak in the th century its height has been a subject of debate.

China and Nepal appear to be locked in a squabble over who has correctly determined the latest official height of the mountain, which straddles the border of both countries.

A Chinese team mounted a survey in May, with state media promising that it would measure the peak with unprecedented precision. Beijing declared that the best surveyors with the most advanced technologies would give a definitive height.

The previous year Nepalese researchers, supported by New Zealand scientists, climbed the mountain to install equipment to collect data to help surveyors complete their calculations.

Under a mutual agreement the results were supposed to be released jointly