Henry Kissinger, diplomatic icon and Nobel Peace Prize winner, dies aged 100
Henry Kissinger, a distinguished American diplomat and security adviser who served as secretary of state and won the Nobel Peace Prize, left this world on Wednesday. We learned of this event through a statement from Kissinger Associates, which confirmed his death at the age of 100 at his home in Connecticut.
Kissinger, who was born in Germany and fled Nazism with his parents, maintained his diplomatic activism until his 100th birthday this May. He even made a surprise visit to China in July, where he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Known for his role as security adviser to President Richard Nixon and later President Gerald Ford, Kissinger also served as secretary of state from September 1973 to January 1977. His diplomatic skills contributed to historic events such as the U.S. rapprochement with China and the mediation of peace agreements between Israel and Arab countries after the Yom Kippur War.
Kissinger also advocated a policy of détente to ease tensions in world politics. He was credited with the first strategic nuclear arms limitation agreements between the US and the Soviet Union (SALT 1), later replaced by SALT 2 and START, and the ABL missile defence. His paradoxical award was the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating peace in Vietnam, which lasted only two years before the Communist conquest of South Vietnam.
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