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Approved For Release 2003/02/27 : CIA-RDP79T00975A01560005006tret DIRECTORATE OF INTELLIGENCE Central Intelligence Bulletin 25X1 Secret 750 18 February 1970 Approved For Release 2003/02/27 : CIA-RDP79T00975A015600050001-3 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/02/27 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO15600050001-3 Approved For Release 2003/02/27 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO15600050001-3 Approved For Release 2003/02/27 WP7`9T00975A015600050001-3 No. 0042/70 18 February 1970 Central Intelligence Bulletin CONTENTS USSR - Middle East: Soviet propaganda on the middle East is growing harsher. (Page 1) Laos: Communist forces are pressing their advantage Tn the Plaine des Jarres area. (Page 3) Communist China - Laos: There has been a recent in- crease in the Chinese AAA force in northern Laos. (Page 5) Chile-USSR: The recent cultural and scientific agree- ment will increase Soviet opportunities in Chile. (Page 6) Yugoslavia-USSR: Tito visit (Page 7) USSR-Cuba: Trade protocol (Page 7) 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/02/7 .6.tPF79T00975A015600050001-3 Approved For Release 2003/02/27 :(?A%- -P79T00975A015600050001-3 USSR - Middle East: Soviet propaganda on the Middle East is growing harsher as Moscow awaits Washington's decision on whether to.,give. additional aircraft to Israel. A TASS statement on Monday, probably triggered by the Israeli air attack on an Egyptian factory last week, was one of the toughest Soviet commen- taries in recent months. It specifically pledged the Arabs the necessary support to defend themselves and also denounced Israel's military activities in uncommonly strong terms. The statement deviated somewhat from earlier Soviet pronouncements by giv- ing only the barest nod to the need for a political settlement in the Middle East. Pravda's Cairo correspondent on 12 February had warned that Israel's deep penetration raids into Egypt and a US decision to sell more Phantoms and Skyhawks to Tel Aviv would be answered.by increased Soviet support for the Arabs. Moreover, the peri- odical New Times on the same day warned of the dan- ger of appeasing aggressors and pledged that the USSR considers "many-sided" assistance to the Arabs its "international debt." Other publications in recent days have hinted that at this stage neither restoration of the cease-fire nor a limitation on arms is acceptable to the Kremlin. Soviet propaganda still appears intended to increase pressure on Israel to stop its raids and to deter the US from approving Tel Aviv's re uest 25X1 for additional aircraft 25X1 ts at the Russia may fee reat N g g er compulsion to give the Arabs more sophisticated means of defence i f +-ho tte a 18 Feb 70 Central Intelligence Bulletin Approved For Release 2003/02/"dil4PRBP79T00975A015600050001-3 Approved For Release 2003/02/27$1 P'f9T00975A015600050001-3 Communist Forces Continue Activity in Plaine ? Government-held location ? Communist-held location Approved For Release 2003/02/2gEft- 79T00975AO15600050001-3 Approved For Release 2003/02/27 :SEbY00975A015600050001-3 Laos: Communist forces are pressing their ad- van age in the Plaine des Jarres area, although there has been no major ground action. A small North Vietnamese sapper team raided the air base at Long Tieng during the evening of 17 February, destroying one observation aircraft. Four of the attackers, believed to be North Viet- namese, were killed while the government lost one officer. Although damage was light, the raid was the first enemy attack on Long Tieng. Small North Vietnamese reconnaissance groups have been reported in the area before, however. Long Tieng, the key to Vang Pao's effort in the northeast, is defended by about 1,000 troops. The attack was probably intended to confuse Vang Pao's forces and to compel the Meo leader to pull troops off the Plaine to defend the large numbers of Meos in the Long Tieng area. At this time there is no evidence to suggest the enemy is prepared to initiate a major thrust at Long Tieng. The rugged and unfamiliar terrain between Long Tieng and the Plaine present a for- midable obstacle to any large-scale enemy opera- tions in this area. In addition, the complex of Meo villages surrounding the base would make it extremely difficult for the enemy to move into the area in strength without the government having adequate warning. The situation around_.Xieng Khouangg airstrip appears to have eased somewhat. A battalion of enemy troops, which had dug in close to the airfield, was driven off early this morning. Government troops are in pursuit of the Communist force. I I e government's air opera ions are inflicting heavy casualties on North Vietnamese forces. The Communists appear willing to acc t these losses, however. Map) I 18 Feb 70 Central Intelligence Bulletin 25X1 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/02/ (6yk qP79T00975A015600050001-3 Approved For Release 2003/02/27 StG-RBPT9T00975A015600050001-3 Communist Chinese Increase AAA in Northern Laos S`s u-mao..., HJNA BURMA EO. VIETa w road ,.,_ hWea ed ?AAA sites Approved For Release 2003/02/2S7jReA-R79T00975A015600050001-3 NORTH R, bunt ~., Construction camps [ Apr. 6?} anti clearing activity Iuong La Approved For Release 2003/02/27SElg-RW 9T00975A015600050001-3 Communist China - Laos: A recent increase in the Chinese Communist antiaircraft artillery force in northern Laos has raised the estimate of Chinese troops in the country to 8-10,000 from the earlier figure of 5-7,000. I jthe Chinese AAA force deployed in. aos to suppor hinese road con- struction is larger than a normal division. The number of occupied Chinese AAA sites has more than tripled since mid-December 1969, with the greatest increase in the Muong Sai - Muong La areas, as well as along the new road to Muong Houn. These sites provide additional security for the major road bridges at Muong Sai and Muong La. They also pro- tect Chinese bivouac areas, storage sites, and con- struction camps. These facilities have grown con- siderably since September 1969 when road construc- tion resumed on a large scale. They extend along the new construction as far as Muong Houn and well past Muong La. The Chinese forces include AAA, construction, and security troops. (Map) 18 Feb 70 Central Intelligence Bulletin 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/02/27 5 f1 9T00975AO15600050001-3 Approved For Release 2003/02/27 : S;MT00975A015600050001-3 Chile-USSR: A cultural and scientific agree- ment signed in Moscow recently will increase Soviet opportunities in Chile. The agreement, announced during the visit to Moscow of Education Minister Pacheco, provides for cooperation in public health and medicine, astro- physics, geochemistry, tectonic mapping, and other scientific projects, and in university training and cultural areas. Negotiations began soon after the two countries re-established relations nearly five years ago. The major difficulty was Chile's in- sistence that exchanges must be channeled through the government,a precaution designed to prevent domination of the program by Chile's influential Communists. A growing role in intellectual and scientific activities has thus far been the Soviets' most ef- fective accomplishment in Chile. Trade has not prospered, and a credit and technical agreement has hardly been used. Soviet officials seem well informed on Chilean politics, but in this field they operate through i-hA i a,-no ,?,,?,- ?w _ _ ,. 18 Feb 70 Central Intelligence Bulletin Approved For Release 2003/02//R: -P79T00975A015600050001-3 Approved For Release 2003/02/27 4C9T00975A015600050001-3 Yugoslavia-USSR: Tito's likely decision 25X1 to a e enin centennial on 22 April cou serve to ease Soviet-Yugoslav tensions. The Yugoslavs feel they can attend an open gathering of this type without compromising their principles. Tito will go to Moscow prepared to rebuff any Soviet effort to make him change his independent stance. His presence will insure that Romania's Ceausescu, who is also expected to be on hand, will have an ally in resisting any potential pressure. USSR-Cuba: A Soviet trade official has an- nounced that the .1970 trade protocol signed on 16 February calls for total trade to reach $1.3 bil- lion. This represents a 50-percent increase over 1969. All of the increase apparently will be ac- counted for by higher Cuban sugar deliveries to the USSR. A Moscow press announcement states that the agreement. calls for Soviet imports of up to five million tons of sugar. Less than 1.5 milli tons were shipped last year. 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 Central Intelligence Bulletin Approved For Release 2003/02/2 ISIA-R P7.9T00975A015600050001-3 S etd For Release 2003/02/27: CIA-RDP79T00975A015600050001-3 Secret Approved For Release 2003/02/27 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO15600050001-3