Washington, United States:
President Joe Biden on Thursday praised the “fierce intellect” of legendary late US diplomat Henry Kissinger, but stressed in a brief statement that they often “strongly” disagreed.
“Throughout our careers we have often disagreed. And often violent,” Biden said in a statement that recalled Kissinger’s “fierce intellect and deep strategic focus.” Kissinger, a former secretary of state and White House adviser, died Wednesday at the age of 100.
Henry Kissinger, the tirelessly ambitious U.S. diplomat whose uncompromising promotion of raw American power helped shape the world after World War II, died on Wednesday, his consulting firm said. He was 100.
Kissinger, arguably the best-known secretary of state of modern times, died at his home in Connecticut, announced Kissinger Associates, through which the late diplomat became rich for decades supporting corporations after his government career.
It said Kissinger’s family would hold a private funeral, with a memorial service to be held later in New York, where Kissinger grew up after his Jewish family fled Nazi Germany.
A cause of death was not mentioned in the statement. Kissinger remained active as a centenarian, traveling to China in July to meet President Xi Jinping.
China was one of Kissinger’s most enduring legacies. Hoping to reignite the Cold War fight against the Soviet Union, Kissinger secretly reached out to Beijing, resulting in a historic visit by President Richard Nixon in 1972 and later the establishment of U.S. relations with the isolated country culminated in what has become the world’s second-largest economy and a growing competitor to Washington.
While Kissinger was despised across much of the world, China’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday hailed the late US diplomat as an “old and good friend of the Chinese people.”
Kissinger “has long been concerned about and supported the development of China-US relations, visited China more than a hundred times and made historic contributions to promoting the normalization of China-US relations,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang said Wenbin.
Fumio Kishida, prime minister of U.S. ally Japan, praised Kissinger for his “significant contribution” to peace and stability in Asia, “including the normalization of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and China.”
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