During the first half of 2008, unprecedented and widespread protests break out across Tibet. At the 7th round of talks with the Chinese government in July 2008, Chinese negotiators ask the Tibetan leadership to put in writing the nature of the autonomy it seeks. The Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People is presented during the 8th round of talks in October-November that year. The Memorandum elaborates how genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people would operate within the framework of the PRC constitution and Law on National Regional Autonomy – defines areas such as the “application of a single administration for the Tibetan nationality in the People‟s Republic of China”, the “nature and structure of autonomy” and the “11 Basic Needs of Tibetans”. The Chinese leadership rejects the proposal, falsely claiming that the Memorandum includes references to a “Greater Tibet”, “Higher Degree of Autonomy,” “covert independence” and “independence in disguise”.