Politics

Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger dies aged 100

The Harvard University professor earned praise for his role in opening China to the West, but was criticised for supporting massive bombing campaigns in Vietnam and Cambodia

Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger speaks during the Department of State 230th Anniversary Celebration on July 29, 2019. Picture: Getty

Henry Kissinger, the child refugee who rose to become US secretary of state and defined American foreign policy during the 1970s with his strategies to end the Vietnam War and contain communist countries, has died. He was 100.

He died on Wednesday at his home in Connecticut, Kissinger Associates said in a statement.

The Harvard University professor and diplomat earned praise for his role in opening China to the West, bringing about détente with the ...