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始作俑者 |shǐ zuò yǒng zhě

Meaning: creator of bad precedent, the person who first made tomb figures

Original: “现在问题的关键是,作为当前乌克兰局势紧张的始作俑者,美方在这场危机中扮演了什么角色?发挥了什么作用?如果有人一边火上浇油,一边指责别人救火不力,这种行为是不负责任的,也是不道德的。“

Source: In her February 23, 2022 press conference, Foreign Ministry spokesperson 华春莹 managed to avoid mentioning Russia involvement and blamed the United States for stoking tensions in Ukraine. Find her remarks here:

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