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other professional measure that relates to safety. Anyone without experience climbing mountains above 8,000 meters, and witho
ut adequate capability for independent movement is not allowed on Mount Qomolangma,” he said.
Both overseas and domestic climbers must apply as part of a team, not personally, he said.
Tibet installed a new ladder in a section of the climbing route in 2017, and provided climb
ing ropes as long as 6,000 meters along the path between a section at 6,600 meters and the summit at 8,844 meters.
Cleanup efforts on the mountain involve both environmental considerations and climbing sa
fety. The work has become routine, said Tashi Gyatso, the deputy secretary of the regional government.
ric and actions regarding the Taiwan question, violated the one-
China principle and the three China-US joint communiques,” he said.
“This has undermined China’s sovereignty and security, sent a seriously wrong message to Taiwan secessionists, and
disrupted regional peace and stability,” Shao said, adding that China must, and will be, reunified.
“If anyone tries to separate Taiwan from the mainland, the Chinese
military will adamantly protect its territorial integrity at all costs,” he said.
As for the South China Sea, Shanahan accused China of undermining fr
eedom of navigation and overflight in the region, and militarizing the local islands.