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Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 CO2733119  I ur rim I  24 April 1E51  Copy No. -9  CURRENT INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN  DOCUMENT NO  NO CHANGE IN CLASS.>f  I I DECLASSIFIED  CLASS. CHANGED TO: TS  NEXT REVIEW DATE: --etcero 7  AUTH: NH 70-2.1v .  DATE. tt-viS r REVIEWER:,  Office of Current Intelligence  CENTIULL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY  3.5(c)  3.5(c)  3.5(c)  3.5(c) �  Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 CO2733119  TtApproved for Release: 2019/03/14 CO2733119  I  3.5(c)  SUMMARY  FAR EAST  3. De Lattre fears teamwork of Chinese and Vietnamese  Commdnists (page 4).  4. De Lathe outlines Tonkin delta operations (page 4).  NEAR EAST  5. Government plans to curb Soviet activity in Pakistan  (page 5).  WESTERN EUROPE  6. German Social Democrat leader urges stronger govern- ment stand against anti-remilitarization "plebiscite"  (page 5).  3.3(h)(2)  TOP RET  Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 CO2733119  3.5(c)  TrApproved for Release: 2019/03/14 CO2733119  ir 11.C.8 .1.  3.5(c)  FAR EAST  -3- 3.3(h)(2)  3.3(h)(2)  �: 4 t   3.5(c)  Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 CO2733119  TCpirsved for Release: 2019/03/14 CO2733119  3.5(c)  3. De Lathe fears teamwork of Chinese and Vietnamese Communists:  General de Lattre has stated his conviction 3.3(h)(2)  that the entry into northwest Tonkin of a Chinese  Communist battalion was the result of a request  from, or perhaps a bargain with, Ho Chi Minh  to support Viet Minh pressure on the French post at Laichau and thus  divert French troops from the delta or, failing that objective, to assist  the Viet Minh in establishing themselves in the Laichau region. In cle  Lattre' s opinion, his quick airlift to Laichau forced both the Viet Minh  and Chinese forces back and he expressed the belief that the latter have  now retired across the border. De Lattre sees no indication of an early  Invasion in force from China, but he is concerned over the fact that Ho  was able to obtain the support of Chinese Communist troops.  4. De Lattre outlines Tonkin delta operations:  General de Lattre states that 10,000 Franco- 3.3(h)(2)  Vietnamese troops have just successfully  completed extensive clearing operations in the  guerrilla-infested lowlands southwest of Haiphong  within the French defense perimeter. This "viper's nest" was the base  for launching attacks within the perimeter coinciding with attacks from  outside.  comment: De Lathe's use of a full mobile  division in this operation, following shortly upon an easing of enemy  pressure to the north, illustrates his determination to move to the offen- sive whenever and wherever possible. It is unlikely that Ho Chi Minh's  forces, which have established numerous "fortified villages" within the  French perimeter, have been completely cleared out.  -4- 3.5(c)  Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 CO2733119  ,Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 CO2733119  rt.rai  3.5(c)  NEAR EAST  5. government plans to curb Soviet activity in Pakistan:  On 22 March, Mohammad Ikramullah, Secre- 3.3(h)(2)  tary of the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  Informed the US Ambassador in Karachi that his  government was investigating all aspects of  Soviet activity in Pakistan, especially propaganda. Upon completion of  the investigation, Ikramullah expects to have the permission of the  cabinet to tell the Soviet Ambassador that Pakistan will permit only such  Soviet activity in Pakistan as is allowed Pakistanis in the USSR. The  government then plans to close bookstalls and propaganda distributing  agencies employed by the Soviets and to cancel all their mailing lists.  Comment: The Government of Pakistan, which  has been slow to recognize the dangers of Communism in an Islamic  country, now appears to be fully aware of them. It may be that Communist  implication in the recent military plot to overthrow the government has  sharpened the government's interest in the subject. It is believed, how- ever, that any anti-Soviet moves made by the Pakistanis in the near future  will be more cautious and less sweeping than Ikramullah suggests.  WESTERN EUROPE  6. German Social Democrat leader ur  anti-remilitarization "plebiscite":  Herbert Wehner, Social Democratic Party (SPD)  chairman of the Bundestag All-German Affairs  Cbmmittee, in an April 20 meeting, severely  criticized the Adenauer government's failure to  take prompt and effective measures to suppress the new anti-re.militari- zation "plebiscite" sponsored by the East German Communists. He  described the West German counter-propaganda moves as "half-measuke,s,  Wehner urged that the government issue a clear statement at once declaring  the pleb6scite illegal, and request the Laender Interior Ministries to take  3.3(h)(2)  3.5(c  Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 CO2733119  TApproved for Release: 201/03/14 CO2733119  3.5(c)  police measures to suppress it,  CoMment: Leaders of the Social Democratic  Party are becoming alarmed at Communist success in influencing SPD  members to support the plebiscite. They are now disturbed at the  unexpected effect, favorable to the Communists, of SPD opposition to  Adenauer's remilitarization program.  -6- QPSECREf   3.5(c)  Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 CO2733119