The Imperial German Chargé to the Secretary of State.

Sheng reports an Imperial edict mentioning that the punishment of various leaders has been ordered. The German Government considers this as the first step in the direction of peace and order in China, and begs to propose that the powers may instruct their diplomatic representatives to examine the following points and to express their opinions on them.

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Is the list contained in the edict in regard to the persons to be punished satisfactory and correct?
Are the proposed punishments in accordance with the gravity of the crimes committed?
In what manner is the carrying out of these punishments to be controlled by the powers?