Henry Kissinger, who opened America’s doors to China in the early 1970s, died on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at his home in Connecticut at the age of 100.
Dr Kissinger, then US president Richard M Nixon’s national security adviser, feigned illness on a visit to Pakistan in July 1971 and made a secret trip to Peking, as Beijing was then called, to begin the process of a rapprochement between America and China. It was a debt that Chinese leaders have never forgotten.
Even Xi Jinping, China’s current supreme leader under whose watch Sino-American relations have plunged to its worst depths since the early 1950s, acknowledged Dr Kissinger’s contribution when the centenarian scholar, statesman and celebrity diplomat visited Beijing in July 2023 just weeks after he turned 100.
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