BEIJING (AP) _ Remains believed to be those of climbers missing for seven years have been found high on a glacier in southwest China, state media reported.

The Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday that farmers found the bodies last weekend on Mt. Meili, a 22,000-foot peak on Yunnan province's border with Tibet. Seventeen Japanese and Chinese climbers died there on Jan. 3, 1991, reportedly buried by avalanches.

Bad weather prevented rescue workers from recovering the bodies.

Xinhua did not say how many bodies were found. China's Mountaineering Association and the Yunnan Provincial Sports Commission asked that the bodies be left where they were found for identification.

Mt. Meili has never been successfully climbed, Xinhua said.