Category Archives: National/International News

Super Blue Blood Moon… Story by Luke Krautkremer

On January 31st, 2018 an extremely rare astronomical event occurred. This was the “Super Blue Blood Moon”. It has this name because at the time of the event the moon was being affected by a combination of a few different sub-celestial events.

First off, a “Super Moon” is when the moon appears to be larger and brighter because it is at its perigee while it’s full. A perigee is just a term for when the moon is closest to the earth in its orbit, this combined with the moon being full creates a Super Moon.

Moon impression… A student’s sketch of the recent blood moon event. Photo by: Luke Krautkremer

Although to the amateur star-gazer the effects of a Super Moon can be hard to see with the naked eye, the Super Moon appears to be 7% larger, and 16% brighter than an average full moon. There has been a large amount of Super Moons recently. There was one in November that was the closest Super Moon to the Earth since January 26th, 1948. “Super Moon” is not the technical name, it is “Perigee-syzygy”.

A “Blue Moon” is the term that refers to when a full moon appears twice in one month. Full moons appear roughly every 29.5 days so it is highly unlikely that a full moon will appear twice in one month, hence the saying “Once in a Blue Moon”. Blue Moons are actually not that rare and happen about every 2.7 years. Typically, Blue Moons do not actually appear to be Blue. Although, moons actually can appear to be blue. If there is enough dust in the air it can act as a sort of filter that makes the moon appear to be blue.

A “Blood Moon”, or lunar moon, occurs during a lunar eclipse where the moon is eclipsed by the earth from the sun. This causes the moon to turn red since the moon is in the Earth’s shadow, which keeps the moon from getting almost any sunlight to reflect from the sun. The small amount of sunlight the moon does get comes from the atmosphere of the planet.

 Blood Moon Sighting... A student captures the “Super Blue Blood Moon." Photo By: Sean Korbitz
Blood Moon Sighting… A student captures the “Super Blue Blood Moon.” Photo By: Sean Korbitz

This causes the moon to have a red-orange color in appearance. The reason for the color is the same reason that sunrises and sunsets have their color along with the sky. It’s called “Rayleigh scattering” a process in which small particles disrupt the particles of radiation causing them to change in color.

If you missed the Super Blue Blood Moon, then you won’t be seeing it again anytime soon. The last one that was observable in the U.S. was in 1866. When asked what he thought about the Super Blue Blood Moon, student Troy Shepherd said “I thought that it was pretty nifty.” He said that he saw it for only five minutes and “From our area [Bonners Ferry] it was red with a bit of blue.” John Stevens told me that he thought that it was “Really cool. Once in a lifetime experience I’d say.”


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By: Luke Krautkremer

Bitcoin: Digital Currency or Digital Tax Evasion?… Story by Skyler Kent

In recent years, cryptocurrency has become, for some, a new standard of paying for items on the internet. While this highly volatile currency has become a near overnight phenomenon, there might be a more sinister meaning to it. Before we jump into that, however, we should address the question that some people might have: what is bitcoin?

Bitcoin’s origins can be traced back 2009 when an anonymous person who went by Satoshi Nakamoto invented the currency. This currency was attractive to many because it eliminated the “middle man,” i.e. banks. Another reason people were attracted to it was the fact that it could be used anonymously, and that bitcoins are not tied to any countries monetary regulations. While bitcoins are not universally accepted everywhere, some companies such as Overstock (an online furniture retailer) and Expedia (a hotel booking website) allow bitcoins to be used as payment.

Student Ethan VanGundy explaining to the FBCS Journalism class how Crypto-Currency works. Photo by: Skyler Kent
Student Ethan VanGundy explaining to the FBCS Journalism class how Crypto-Currency works. Photo by: Skyler Kent

Before 2017, a single bitcoin was worth around 900 USD. As of last year, it skyrocketed into twenty of thousands of dollars.


There are two ways to get Bitcoin(s). One of which is to do what is called “mining.” Where multiple people compete against each other to solve equations, whoever completes the equation first is awarded a set amount of Bitcoin(s). The other method of getting them is by helping decode Bitcoin payments. Every year the production of Bitcoins slows and will eventually they will stop being produced. People don’t usually have the money to spend on making the best mining rig to become successful in mining, which leave the only option is to trade it. Websites offer the ability to trade regular currency to bitcoins as well as other types of crypto-currency.

Owning bitcoins isn’t as simple has putting coins in a wallet. Or is it? Bitcoins are stored in “digital wallets.”, which exists either in the cloud on the persons computer. The wallet is, in a way, like a bank account in that it allows the users to send and receive bitcoins. However, there is nothing insuring the wallets, so if the wallets were to be accidently deleted, then they are gone forever.

Also some have been looking out how it can be used for tax evasion. A prime reason that this could be occurring is the fact that bitcoin has near complete anonymity. That translates to having the currency being able to be traded to anyone anywhere with little record of the transaction taking place, as the only thing that is recorded in a bitcoin transaction is the wallet id of the sender and the recipient.

Rise and Fall... Bitcoins value has drastically changed in recent months. Photo by:
Rise and Fall… Bitcoins value has drastically changed in recent months. Photo by:

In the United States, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) classifies bitcoin income as income and expects people to pay income tax on it. However, due to the anonymity, it becomes difficult to prove if people are receiving income from them.



Recently the South Korean Government after conducting raids against bitcoin exchanges for committing tax evasion, have stated that legislation is on the way to ban cryptocurrency from being traded. This would add them to the list of countries that have already banned them, which includes Bangladesh, and Bolivia.

All in all, it can’t be said whether the true purpose of bitcoin is to give criminals a way to purchase goods with near anonymity, or to just be a currency that is purely digital. However, with the possible bans and decreasing value, the future of cryptocurrency may be in jeopardy.


From Bad to Worse: California Disasters… Story by Lydia Martin

Ever since October, California has found itself in a situation well known to the area, as large forest fires started to engulf the state. The fire area ranged from Northern California all the way down to San Diego and has caused at least $9.4 billion in damages to houses, cars, and other public buildings. People are without homes and food and others without family as the death toll is at least 44 people.

Up in flames… A firefighter puts out a flaming palm tree during the Thomas Fire. Photo by: Stuart Palley
Up in flames… A firefighter puts out a flaming palm tree during the Thomas Fire. Photo by: Stuart Palley

It has destroyed up to 281,893 acers making it the worst fire in California since the Santiago Canyon Fire of 1889, which burned at least 300,000 acres. But this is not all.

At the beginning of January, there began a downpour of rain causing flood waters to rise and mud to accumulate and cause serious damage. At least 13 people are dead with those numbers expected to rise. Again, people are without homes and the area is a disaster. Sheriff of Santa Barbara County described the area: “It looked like a World War I battlefield. It was literally a carpet of mud and debris everywhere, with huge boulders, rocks, down trees, power lines, wrecked cars — lots of obstacles and challenges for rescue personnel to get to homes.”

Search and rescue… A group of rescue workers lead a girl out of her collapsed house. Photo by: VenturaCoAirUnit

Rescue workers are out doing what they can to help the people in the area but California might struggle to overcome and recover from these catastrophes. It is especially difficult as the state has just come out of a record breaking drought, and has been ravaged by similar disasters in recent years.

People have been working together to help by opening places for people to stay, doing search and rescue and clearing debris from areas to make it safer. These people are helping those in need and that is a great thing and something that could be done something like this happened in the area. Many people are providing shelter, food and warmth for those in need. California is just one of many examples of catastrophes in our country and world.


News is Entertainment… Editorial by Alex Chow

How important is news? News keeps us informed of the changing of events, issues and characters that provide citizens information to make the best possible decision about their lives, their communities, their societies, and their governments. Even though news is factual and boring, people still keep abreast of news as they take it as a responsibility. When people have the right to vote and obligation to pay taxes, they will feel this responsibility. Who could be appropriate representative of them, how taxes are spent and so on, news helps them to figure out these questions. The government is the keeper of the powers while journalism is the guardian of the powers that prevent the misuse of powers. However, the guardian goes astray since people do not care about boring news.

“Everybody wants to be entertained by the news,” says Todd Gitlin, a professor of sociology and journalism in the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. It is hardly surprising that people prefer entertaining news like ‘The Daily Show’ than a serious and in-depth news report.

Fox "News"?... Channels like Fox have more opinion pieces for entertainment than actual news
Fox “News”?… Channels like Fox have more opinion pieces for entertainment than actual news. Photo by: Washingtonian

People are intellectually lazy, they are reluctant to investigate any issue; rather, they are eager to be told something as simple and interesting as a joke. Media will lose audience, unless they turn news into entertainment. News should reveal the truth, sadly truth does not matter now, only fun is important. According to the Pew Research Center, 10 % of ‘The Daily Show’ viewers are watching the half-hour show for its news headlines, 2% for in-depth reporting and 43% for entertainment. Obviously, a soaring number of people care entertainment more than facts.

Moreover, media is a business, and the purpose of news is making money more than exposing the corruption. To be honest, running a news site costs a lot of money, and when corruption can no longer catch people attention, the media has to change their strategy such as making entertaining news.

Media tycoons... Station owners like Fox's Rupert Murdoch control vast amounts of the news
Media tycoons… Station owners like Fox’s Rupert Murdoch control vast amounts of the news. Photo by: Forbes

More entertaining the news is, more audience they have, more advertisements they get and more money they earn. Fox news is known as entertaining news, and Fox is Basic Cable’s Most-Watched Network for 17 Months, and has far more audience than other serious news. Fox News is ‘successful’ as it has a considerable revenue, whereas a news channel that exposes corruption cannot be defined as successful.

Also, the media tycoons themselves may share the same interests with certain politicians. These tycoons could be part of the corruption, so how could you expect them to reveal their tactics? They cannot get much viewership anyway. If they keep exposing corruption between the government and big companies, the big companies will not be stupid enough to subsidise an enemy. Speaking of profit, news should be entertaining instead of exposing corruption that nobody cares so as to be profitable.

What is going on in the society? Corruption is becoming untraceable since the news is trying to cover it instead of exposing it. Politicians work for the big companies instead of the citizens, they vote according to the orders from their ‘boss’. News is no longer a news, people are entertained and fooled at the same time, and the government is corrupting is due to the civic ignorance.

End of Net Neutrality… Story by Celena Wadopian

Over the end of 2017, many companies and individuals have waged a campaign to maintain net neutrality. Net neutrality guarantees the equal treatment of data on the internet, so that no website or platform can be promoted or put at faster speeds. Ever since the appointment of a new director of the Federal Communications Commission, the board that upholds net neutrality, republicans have gained a majority. With this majority, there was a serious risk that net neutrality could be repealed. In fact, on December 14, 2017, the FCC voted to get rid of this internet freedom.

In the vote, 3 all republican members opted to remove net neutrality, against 2 democrats who voted to keep it . In doing so, this means that they have sacrificed the freedom that American Citizens have on the Internet. Internet Service Providers (ISP) can now slow down any website they want, as well as block any website they prefer. Another thing they can do to gain more profit is charge their customers in order gain the privilege to visit certain websites at normal speed or at all, and they can do this by creating certain “packages”.

Blocked off... Parts of the internet could be offered as part of 'packages' to purchase. Credit: CNN
Blocked off… Parts of the internet could be offered as part of ‘packages’ to purchase. Credit: CNN

For example, a customer of Frontier Communications can buy a package that allows 20 GB of high speed internet per month. Without Net Neutrality, Frontier Communications can legally also make it part of the package that a customer cannot access certain social media sites. In order to access these sites, they must upgrade their package. Packages with more offers would also cost more.

But how about an ISP practicing something like this even before Net Neutrality was taken away? Verizon currently sells an unlimited data plan that isn’t actually unlimited. Customers with limited data plans get more preference in internet speed over those with the unlimited plan, and this means that the person with an unlimited plan will have their internet throttled. According to the Verizon website, an unlimited plan costs $40.00 per line per month for Go Unlimited, compared to their Beyond Unlimited plan which is $50.00 per line per month. Other cell phone companies only have one type of unlimited plan for one price with all included features. There isn’t much of a difference between these plans, except Go Unlimited is low on the speed priority list. And this is where Verizon makes their extra profit, and in turn, customers are lied to; they are taken advantage of.

Future of the Internet... A humorous depiction of blocking websites. Credit:
Future of the Internet… A humorous depiction of blocking websites. Credit:

One could argue that what Verizon is doing isn’t necessarily bad. Net neutrality is defined as fairness and equality on the internet and equal distribution between websites and applications. In providing two unlimited plans, each with different prices and different preferences regarding network abilities, net neutrality isn’t actually being denied because Verizon is not throttling specific websites upon committing this act. According to the Verizon official website, on the Go Unlimited plan, “In times of congestion, your data may be temporarily slower than other traffic”, while on the Beyond Unlimited plan, “After 22 GB per line, in times of congestion, your data may be temporarily slower than other traffic”. It is clearly stated that they throttle speeds of internet connection when there are too many people online, which is what it means when they say “congestion”. Verizon is doing this as to distribute speeds upon everyone.

But what if Verizon is doing this to give priority to those who pay more? What if they are trying to get people to spend more? Or what if they are doing this for the exact purpose of net neutrality: fairness in data distribution? These are all questions one can ponder, but there cannot be a factual answer until Verizon confirms all of this. In the meantime, American internet freedom is gone, and some people have already seen and experienced this. Slowly but surely, ISP’s are figuring out how they can take advantage of this to get more profit. ISP’s are conspiring against the American people, and what they have been planning to do is in violation of our rights. Because, everything in this day and age is about profit.


Racism in Sandpoint… Story by Luke Krautkremer

Ever since April of 2017, as well as some activities before this, fliers have been reported across town depicting racist drawings of African American, Hispanic, and Jewish men with over exaggerated proportions to make them look related to various stereo types. At the very top of these fliers is a picture of your average white family. The fliers do not only have the racist images; they also have some racist remarks, such as “Don’t believe Jewish and Liberal LIES/ RACE IS REAL/ Keep Idaho Safe… Keep Idaho clean… Keep Idaho WHITE” and underneath each of the caricatures is the word “NO!”

Racist flyers in Sandpoint...One of many flyers that have been, and continues to be, placed all around Sandpoint. Photo by: KrisS on Twitter
Racist flyers in Sandpoint…One of many flyers that have been, and continues to be, placed all around Sandpoint. Photo by: KrisS on Twitter

These events have been, naturally, very alarming to the community in, and around, Sandpoint. Mayor Shelby Rognstad has also been a target of the racist propagandists. Mayor Rognstad has received a photo shopped image of himself in a gas chamber with a Nazi cartoon frog referred to on the internet as “Pepe” ready to flip the switch. Initially, the activities were simply planned on being ignored as no actual laws were being broken. But, then came the events on August 12, in Charlottesville, Virginia. The activities began to become more and more frequent, according to Mayor Rognstad “It’s almost been on a daily basis the last couple of weeks,” and “My hunch is that it’s just one or two people trying to get as much attention as possible,”. “Initially, the attitude was to ignore them. But now, since Charlottesville and these fliers now being distributed every day, it’s time to speak up.” Said Mayor Rognstad. (Interview taken from The Spokesman Review)

Love lives here... Posters have popped up around town to counter racist rhetoric
Love lives here… Posters have popped up around town and in newspapers to counter racist rhetoric

Scott D. Rhodes was identified after being caught on surveillance footage placing propaganda CDs on students’ windshields at Sandpoint High school. It’s unlikely that he will be charged with any crime as his actions do not infringe upon “Free Speech”. However, he is also a suspect in a case in Alexandria, Virginia where, in last Fall, the Mayor of Alexandria and other city council members received racist and anti-Semitic phone calls including a recording of Adolf Hitler from a number linked to Scott’s phone.

While these fliers have been put around Sandpoint for over a year now, this has not divided the community. The town of Sandpoint has continued to fight against these racist activities putting up posters with the phrase “Love Lives Here” showing support, for equality. While there may be some people who choose to be hateful, the majority of the community will not tolerate it, and will continue to support all people regardless of race, religion, sexuality, and circumstances.

Crisis in Yemen… Story by Isaac Solly

For the past three years, Yemen has been embroiled in a civil war that ties into the regional struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran. In the midst of the conflict, millions of civilians are at risk of famine and disease. The US is supporting this violence, and has largely ignored the human cost of giving help to Saudi Arabia. Coverage of the crisis in the US has also been lacking—both the media and president have stayed clear of the topic. So what is the conflict in Yemen, and why is the US involved?

Divided country… The current front lines of the Yemen conflict show Houthi rebels in control of populous areas. Source: BBC
Divided country… The current front lines of the Yemen conflict show Houthi rebels in control of populous areas. Source: BBC

In 2014, Houthi rebels rose up in northern Yemen due to religious strife and discontentment with elections. They were able to take the capital Sana’a and much of the populated land in the western parts of Yemen. Government forces under President Sadi were initially routed with the president himself being forced to flee the country—however, they eventually retook the port city of Aden, where the government is based now.

Houthi rebels are largely reported to be supplied and supported by Iran. This concerns Saudi Arabia and their allies, as the two countries fight for influence across the Middle East. In 2015, they began a bombing campaign to prop up the Sadi government and harm the Houthi rebels. While fighting up to this point had still been bloody, the bombings led to a new level of casualties. Upwards of 60% of the 50,000+ casualties are from the air strikes, including many civilians. This effort is supported by US intelligence because of the alliance with Saudi Arabia—as a result, the US is aiding the murder of civilians.

Media coverage on this conflict and specifically on US involvement has been limited at best. The government has very little to say regarding the conflict, but refuses to condemn Saudi actions. This isn’t a partisan issue—both Obama and Trump have had the same response. However, the crisis has reached a breaking point, and Yemen is now on the verge of famine.

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Displacement and Dispair… Over 3 million people are internally displaced, and 11 million children are at risk of famine. Source: UNICEF

Yemen imports about 90% of its food, and what food does remain inside of the country is exorbitantly priced. The Saudi bombings have damaged the infrastructure in the country to the point where getting supplies to those who need them is extremely difficult. Also, there is a Saudi blockade of all ships going to Houthi-controlled ports. In one recent case, a United Nations (UN) ship was held for weeks trying to get humanitarian aid and medical supplies into a port. Currently, 17 million of the 27 million people living in Yemen are food insecure. There is a chorea outbreak as well that affects over 600,00, and also severe malnutrition among 400,000 children.

These statistics show more than simple internal strife. There is a potential famine called the worst in modern history by the UN. Not only is the US refusing to speak out against the war, but it actively supports Saudi Arabia. None of this is to say that Houthis are free of blame, as they also have indiscriminately shelled population areas, but the current issue is from devastating bombing that does not let any relief come in for the population of Yemen. The media’s refusal to cover this is truly dangerous, and even if the government refuses to speak, more should be aware of the crisis. Governments should have a moral responsibility to put life ahead of politics, something which the US has certainly not done.


Drug Commercial Apocalypse… Story by Catherine Ross

In 2015, $357 million dollars were spent in TV advertisement for the prescription drug Humira. This was the drug that had the most advertising based on money alone. It’s no secret that drug commercials are primarily shown on every channel. They can vary from allergies to things dealing with Schizophrenia, however they are all based around the general idea of appealing to their audience.

TV viewers are slowly dropping as they are going to other sources for entertainment, but the amount of viewers is still high enough to the point that drug advertisements are continuously being shown. These commercials are slowly stirring up more controversies each day. USA TODAY states that these controversies are becoming more popular due to the fact that the drugs that are being advertised are rather expensive or have a “limited practicality for the average patient-viewer”.

Pic 2: Lyrica Probably Isn’t For You... Lyrica is a drug which helps with diabetic nerve pain, but can be very unaffordable.
Pic 2: Lyrica not for you?… Lyrica is a drug which helps with diabetic nerve pain, but isn’t cheap.

Promoting drugs that have a high price, or are impractical, doesn’t seem to concern the drug advertisement department as they are only continuing to publish these ads. For example, the drug Lyrica costs $400 per 60 capsules, meaning that those who really need the drug may be unable to afford to keep the prescription going. Another factor that is changing within the advertisement is actually the side-effects that one may experience when taking the drugs. The commercials are focused primarily on things that will speak to the patient-viewers that are struggling with the disorder or issue the drug can correct.

For example, allergy commercials promote that once you start taking the allergy medication, you will be able to do things you used to be unable to do, such as playing with animals, walking around in the springtime, etc. This is something that someone with strong allergies would naturally be attracted to. However, when listing the side-effects, the commercial will divert the viewer’s attention with aesthetically pleasing pictures or videos, alongside pleasant music so that they don’t have their full attention on what the side effects actually are, therefore missing the major issues the drug may cause.

The Owl Has Spoken... XYZAL came out with a new .allergy medication in 2015, which allows you to take it at night.
Owl Adverts… XYZAL came out with a new allergy medication for night

While drug commercials aren’t the only ones guilty of this technique, the products they are promoting can be dangerous if the viewer isn’t completely aware of the side effects they may be facing. Now before getting a prescription, patients must speak to their doctors about it, to see if it is best for them. However it seems to be growing more common that the patient’s want overpowers the doctor’s advice. The Placebo Effect is then put into motion. Due to the fact that patients are determined to get the medicine prescribed to them, they begin to develop ‘symptoms’ that would make their doctor more likely to let them have the prescription.

This can be unwise, especially if the patient’s financial situation isn’t the best as prescription prices are getting higher and higher every year. Despite the things that are happening, the drug advertisement business isn’t slowing down. Whether or not they will change their tactics is still unknown, but in the meantime, viewers are advised to make sure to properly research and discuss the drug they are interested in becoming prescribed to. health/drug-commercials-like-prescription-costs-rise

Independence Movements in China… Story by Alex Chow

“This world will separate after long time united and vice versa.” This is a famous quote from the Records of the Three Kingdoms—a manuscript from a period in China’s history in around 280 B.C.E. It is an undoubtful truth since various parts of the world, including China, have separated and unified along history. Tibet, Uighur and Mongolia used to be foreign enemies of ancient China, until finally they were conquered after long years of wars. With 56 ethnic groups and over 200 dialects, diversity enriches the Chinese culture, yet it also means a heavy burden to unify the whole country.

When it comes to independence movements, there are many different aspects depending on the culture. Many of the messages contrast with the government’s policy towards “inalienable parts of the country’’.

Most of the people in Hong Kong are Hans—they shared much of their same history with mainland China, yet a seed of western culture germinated. Hong Kong was the colony of the British Empire from 1842 until recently in 1997.

Independent Hong Kong?... Many protesters desire ideas such as democracy and free elections
Independent Hong Kong?… Many protesters desire ideas such as democracy and free elections. Photo By: themalaymail

Notions of democracy, capitalism, and freedom became deeply rooted in the city. However, these ideals are often suppressed under the dictatorship of China. While Hong Kong has ten political parties, there is but a one-party system in the mainland China. The conflicts between Hong Kong and China are inevitable due to these contradicting beliefs.

Much of the desire for independence is because China keeps taking benefits from Hong Kong. For example, around a hundred billion HK$ was spend to build a high-speed railway from Hong Kong to China, a project that mainly benefits mainland China.

An attempt to seek democracy  triggered a wave of independent movements, advocated not only by street protesters, but also by legislative councilors. However, many of the councilors were suppressed by the government, either being unfairly removed or even thrown in jail. As a result, the independent movements lost momentum but were not eradicated.

Some claim that Hong Kong can never become independent because of it’s dependence on the mainland. This is only partially true—China will never say yes to the independence of Hong Kong because of the dignity of being a superpower and the financial role of Hong Kong. Hong Kong would also not be admitted to the United Nations since China is one of the five permanent members who can veto admission. China’s global influence means that Hong Kong would inevitably be isolated, should it desire independence.

Autonomous Regions... China has borderlands with independent cultures. Photo by: Wikipedia
Autonomous Regions… China has borderlands with independent cultures. Photo by: Wikipedia

On the other side of China, Tibet was an independent kingdom for centuries before the Mongol conquest. Afterwards, it fell largely under Chinese influence. It achieved autonomy during the chaos in the Chinese Civil War, before the communist forces took over the mainland. In 1950, the PRC invaded Tibet and defeated the Tibetan forces decisively in the Battle of Chamdo.

After the annexation of Tibet, quality of life was greatly improved in the region, though at the price of tightened control from China. It underwent sinification, a process whereby non-Chinese society come under the influence of Chinese culture, particularly Han Chinese norms. Land collectivization led to famines and riots, all suppressed by violence As a result, the Tibetan political leader Dalai Lama fled to India to establish Tibetan Government in Exile. Meanwhile, Tibet is still under the control of China.

Tibetan as an ethnic minority, they have their unique culture and language. Hence, it makes sense for them to possess some autonomy under the government. Nevertheless, China is not going to agree with the pursuit of the independence as others ethnic minorities may follow this example. China will lose to natural access to numerous natural resources in these areas, as well as Tibet’s strategic importance as a buffer region.

The independence movements are likely to go into a dead end since at no point will China gives up these regions to weaken the strength of the country. Catalonia is a good example of the failure of independent movements, an announcement of independence is nothing but a delusion without international support. Still, it is only a pause but not an end as long as it could be a leverage for asking higher autonomy.