After Lipulekh, Chinese media’s May 2 tweet on Chomolungma trends on social media

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KATHMANDU: Amid social media users’ furore over India unilaterally opening link road to Lipulekh in Nepali territory, an early May tweet by the Chinese media on Mt Chomolungma‘s location has resurfaced, leading to debates and dismay among the Nepali social media users.

The tweet posted by China Global Television Network (CGTN) on May 2 claims that Mount Chomolungma, also known as Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak is located in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region.

This claim by the official twitter handle of the CGTN including pictures of the  has brought forth outcry in social media urging CGTN to check the facts. The social media users have urged the media to delete the tweet and apologise.

Recently, China had sent scientists to climb Chomolungma while the world’s highest peak is empty of commercial climbers because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The official Xinhua News Agency on April 30 said a 53-member team from the Ministry of National Resources has been conducting preliminary scientific work since early March.

Meanwhile, China Mobile and Huawei have jointly taken 5G connectivity to a new height by bringing the network to the summit of Everest upon the completion of the establishment of the world’s highest 5G base station at an altitude of 6,500 metres above sea level in the Chinese side of the mountain.

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