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Coordinates: 35°19′52″N78°10′44″E / 35.331°N 78.179°E / 35.331; 78.179 Coordinates: 35°19′52″N78°10′44″E / 35.331°N 78.179°E / 35.331; 78.179
Elevation5,171.2 m (16,965.9 ft)

The highest of the five Border Personnel Meeting points is located near Tianwendian. The Indian camp at Daulat Beg Oldi serves as the counter-party for this meeting point. [19]

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  16. 陈杰 (Chen Jie) (19 December 2013). 王建民 (Wang Jianmin) (ed.). "守防在昆仑之巅 记新疆军区某边防团天文点边防连[组图]" [Defence at the top of Kunlun: A border defense company at the astronomical point of a border defense regiment in the Xinjiang Military Region [Photos]] (in Chinese). China.com.cn . Retrieved 14 December 2019. 天文点边防连组建于1959年。[The Tianwendian Border Defence Company was established in 1959.]
  17. "Zǒng zhèngzhì bùxià fā tōngzhī yāoqiú quán jūn hé wǔjǐng bùduì rènzhēn xuéxí tiānwén diǎn biānfáng lián shìjì jīngyàn dàlì hóngyáng wǒ jūn guānbīng yīzhì yōuliáng chuántǒng" 总政治部下发通知要求全军和武警部队认真学习天文点边防连事迹经验 大力弘扬我军官兵一致优良传统 [The General Political Department issued a notice requesting the whole army and the armed police forces: Earnestly learn from the deeds and experience of the Astronomical Point Border Defense Company, and vigorously promote the consistent fine traditions of our military officers and soldiers], PLA Daily, 14 July 2014 via cpc.people.com.cn, The astronomical point border defense company of a regiment of the Xinjiang Military Region was established in 1959 and is stationed in a life restricted zone at an altitude of 5,170 meters.
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  19. "Indian, Chinese armies decide to improve ties at functional level". News18 . Retrieved 14 September 2017.


Traditional Chinese 天文點
Simplified Chinese 天文点
Literal meaningastronomical point