Henry Kissinger, the former US secretary of state, has died at the age of 100. His family announced his death and said a private funeral will be held, followed by a memorial service in New York. Kissinger remained active, even travelling to China at the age of 100. One of his most important legacies was his work in shaping US relations with China. He was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating an end to the Vietnam War, although the conflict did not immediately stop.
Kissinger was also known for supporting realpolitik, a philosophy of nations pursuing their own interests through power. He was involved in several controversial decisions, including supporting a coup in Chile, the invasion of East Timor by Indonesia, and the Pakistan atrocities in Bangladesh. Kissinger also authorized a secret bombing campaign in Laos and Cambodia, which killed thousands of civilians.
Despite criticism, Kissinger was respected by both political parties and played a significant role in US diplomacy, particularly in the Middle East. He was also known for his unique personal style, wearing thick glasses and having a distinctive German accent. Kissinger is survived by his wife, two children from a previous marriage, and five grandchildren.
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