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Approved for Release: 2019/09/17 CO2062252v TOP SECRET 1 . � .17F 3.3(h)(2) 3.5(c) 22 April 1955 Copy No. 94 CURRENT INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN DOCUMENT NO 14 NO CHANGE IN CLASS. [1 DECLASSIFIED CLASS. CHANGED TO: IS S C NEXT REVIEW DATE: ALITH: HR 70-2 DATE:AZ/Ma. REVIEWER: Office of Current Intelligence CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY TOP SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/09/17 :0 622(ftir Approved for Release: 2019/09/17 CO2062252 Nu" Nary SUMMARY FAR EAST 1. Chief Japanese delegate at Bandung talks with Chou on trade (page 3). 2. Ogata seen replacing Hatoyama by July (page 3). 3, 4. 5. SOUTHEAST ASIA Viet Minh strength in south (page 4). Bao Dal reportedly requests funds from Premier Diem (page 6). Comment on Afro-Asian conference developments (page 6)0 SOUTH ASIA 6. Afghan king reported seeking to replace Prime Minister Daud (page 7). NEAR EAST - AFRICA 7. Comment on growing rift in Syrian army (page 8). EASTERN EUROPE 8, East German cattle epidemic apparently not rinderpest (page 8). WESTERN EUROPE 9. Bonn may ease pressure on East Germany for truck tax repeal (page 9). LATE ITEM 10. Molotov says atomic bombing of China would set off war (page 10). THE FORMOSA STRAITS (page 11) 22 Apr 55 CURRENT INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN Page 2 P SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/09/17 CO2062252 Approved�for�Release: 2019/09/17 CO2062252 FAR EAST 1. Chief Japanese delegate at Bandung talks with Chou on trade: Japan's chief delegate to the Afro-Asian conference held a 30-minute conference with Chinese Communist premier Chou En-lai on 16 April. The two men agreed to discuss Sino-Japanese trade during the course of the conference and to reach an agreement, if possible, prior to its conclusion. Comment: In Tokyo the Chinese Commu- nist trade mission has been attempting to get the Japanese govern- ment to accept responsibility for execution of aprivate trade agree- ment. It has sought similar guarantees with respect to a private fisheries agreement signed on 15 April in Pdiping. These moves are designed to maneuver the Japanese government into de facto relations with Peiping. 2. Ogata seen replacing Hatoyama by July: Democratic Party secretary general Kishi is confident that plans to replace Prime Minister Hatoyama by Taketora Ogata, former deputy prime minister and presi- dent of the opposition Liberal Party, will be carried out following passage of the budget in late June or July. Kishi told the Ameri- can embassy that he has been entrusted with negotiations calling for at least a partial merger of the conservative parties, with new elections held in abeyance until the election laws have been amended to undercut the left. 22 Apr 55 CURRENT INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN Page 3 Approved for Release: 2019/09/17 CO2062252 Approved for Release: 2019/09/17 CO2062252 Nur If Ogata's 30-odd followers join the new party, Kishi believes, an additional 40 "neutrals" among the Lib- erals would follow, thereby assuring the party of a Diet majority. Comment: Events thus far have reflected Kishi's influence and strategy to a remarkable extent. His plans, as revealed in considerable detail to the embassy last December, entail the replacement of Ogata and the old politicians by a younger, more dynamic set of leaders by 1957. � The reported willingness of Hatoyama and his top lieutenant, Bukichi Miki, to retire will greatly increase Ogata's prospects. Mild had previously opposed Kishi's efforts toward a Democratic-Liberal merger. SOUTHEAST ASIA 3. Viet Minh strength in south: Viet Minh strength south of the demarca- tion line is concentrated largely in the Kontum, Phan Thiet and Ca Mau areas and small scattered sections of Cochin- china, including the Plaine des Joncs, (see map, p. 5). The equivalent of about nine battalions�some 5,000 troops--are demobilized and scattered in small outlaw bands, and the Viet Minh is principally engaged in political activity and propaganda. With little paramilitary activity now go- ing on, the problem of eradicating Viet Minh elements is primarily one of establishing an effective civil government. In the Nha Trang area, however, disputes between Vietnamese military and civil authorities have resulted in limiting civil authority to an area not more than three miles beyond the town limits. if South Vietnam villagers could be assured of an effective administration and protection, they would volunteer information on arms caches and individual agita- tors. --(NCTFORN)- 22 Apr 55 CURRENT INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN Page 4 Approved for Release: 2019/09/17 CO2062252 Aft. ima 10�1110. Approved for Release: 2019/09/17 CO2062252 LOS 150 110 i . 1 � B U R III' ' \ Meng-tru Wenishan ii---, � Sre-mao . , 80 Kay .. J.. . .s. . le 41 1, - ) �%,,a, Cha , 0 \est, So La I. Dien pi,,\..eb. A .m.0 g sing \ s --... Hoa -- Sam Neua ....r. � Bay,.H.,o_u_aiAl ) \.. N .. 1 rili Th. '''"g I Cao B g 11 . 0 !- 0 Bac Kan Ne Chem Nip rnin9 Tuyen Lang Son . 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