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Former US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, Dies at 100

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Henry Kissinger, a former US secretary of state and national security adviser has died aged 100. Kissinger was a diplomat who dominated foreign policy and was a recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize.

According to a statement from his consulting firm, Kissinger died on Wednesday at his home in Connecticut. The firm did not provide details of his death.

Kissinger is credited with secret diplomacy that helped President Richard Nixon open communist China to the United States and the West, emphasized by Nixon’s visit to the country in 1972. He was also detested for the bombing and allied invasion of Cambodia in April 1970, planned to destroy North Vietnamese supply lines to communist forces in South Vietnam.

Born on May 27, 1923, Kissinger was the son of a schoolteacher. His family left Nazi Germany in 1938 and settled in Manhattan.

He played a vital role in United States foreign policy between 1969 and 1977. He orchestrated an opening of relations with the People’s Republic of China, engaging in what became known as “shuttle diplomacy” in the Middle East to end the Yom Kippur War and negotiating the Paris Peace Accords.

Not only was a diplomat and political scientist, he also wrote dozens of books on diplomatic history and international relations. He authored the “World Order”, “Diplomacy”, “On China”, and “The Age of AI: And Our Human Future.”

Kissinger had two children, Elizabeth and David from his first marriage.

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