Breaking with an eight-year tradition of reporting only on Xi Jinping suyus, we felt this one from Hua Chunying needed to be highlighted.
shǐ zuò yǒng zhě
Meaning: creator of bad precedent, the person who first made tomb figures
Source: In her February 23, 2022 press conference, Foreign Ministry spokesperson 华春莹, in response to the first question asked to her about tensions in Ukraine, managed to avoid mentioning Russia and blamed the United States for stoking tensions. Find her remarks here:
This is a corrected version of the earlier newsletter, which may have implied that Hua didn't mention Russia during the rest of the press conference. She did, and then made detailed remarks about why the U.S. is to blame.