The outbreak of a deadly new form of pneumonia that began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 has shown the world that the regime in Beijing poses the most serious threat to world peace and freedom since the Soviet Union. Early missteps by China?s ruling Communist Party ? repressing doctors who sought to alert China and the world to the dangers of the novel coronavirus and permitting millions to travel out of Wuhan for a holiday ? caused the global pandemic now devastating populations and economies around the world. In this important essay, Bill Gertz shows how China?s lies and obfuscations imperiled the world.