The new height of Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, is 8,848.86 meters, according to a joint announcement by China and Nepal on December 8, 2020. The Chinese Mountaineering Association sent a letter of appreciation on December 29, 2020, for CUG members including CHEN Gang, SONG Hong, and LI Pu in praise of their perseverance during the mission to measure the height of Mount Everest.
In October 2019, during President XI Jinping’s state visit to Nepal, the two countries published the Joint Statement Between the People’s Republic of China and Nepal. It writes that “Recognizing that Mount Everest is an eternal symbol of the friendship between China and Nepal, the two sides will promote cooperation in different fields, including addressing climate change and protecting the environment. They will jointly announce the height of Mount Everest and conduct scientific researches”.
To implement the Joint Statement Between the People’s Republic of China and Nepal, China remeasured the Mount Everest in 2020.
The team of the 2020 measurement of the height of Mount Everest contained CUG members, including LI Zhixin (counselor), WANG Yongfeng (director-general), ZHANG Zhijian (deputy director-general), Tsring Norbu (captain of the mountaineering team), YUAN Fudong (captain of the climbing team), CHEN Gang (member), SONG Hong (member), LI Pu (member), and ZHAO Yan (member). CHEN Gang is a professor from the School of Marine Science and Technology. In the end, Tsring Norbu, YUAN Fudong, and other 6 people reached the summit. All of them contributed to the measurement.
The Chinese Mountaineering Association expressed their hope that CUG would continue to support mountaineering.
(Edited and translated from the Chinese version)
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