At this time, the rebel gangs have covered wide areas of Hebei and Shangdong, the situation was extreme. The Imperial Court did not tolerate these bandits intentionally, in reality, the Court was caught in surprise, if all the military force was to be sent to combat boxer bandits, then the protection of the legations may fall into inadquacy, resulting in even bigger disaster, moreover, if boxer bandits were to rebel at the same time in Hebei and Shangdong, all the priests and christian converts will not be left alive, this is why the Court is taking a cautious line.
Even if China had badly over estimated itself's own capacity, China has no reason to conduct warfare against the foreign powers simultaneously, China has no reason to use bandits to conduct warfare against foreign powers. Foreign powers must understand and forgive China for being in this situation. This twisting and winding situation, forcing China to make a last resort decision, a short term last minute decision just to get by, the relevant minister should make sure that all foreign powers understand the full meaning of this decree.
The legations are protected by Imperial soldiers with force.