Politicos flock to Taiwan, Cuba parties: Diplomatic parties this week, Oct. 12, 2016

Cutting the cake at at Taiwan's National Day reception on Oct. 5, from left, are Conservative Sens. Stephen Greene, Tobias C. Enverga Jr., Leo Housakos, Thanh Hai Ngo, Taiwan Rep. Chung-chen Kung, his wife Triffie Kung, and Independent Sens. Pierrette Ringuette and Don Meredith. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Dancing lions entertain the crowd, getting their attention before speeches begin at the Oct. 5. event at the Chateau Laurier. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Judy Sgro presents a letter of friendship and congratulations to Mr. Kung at the party. She is chair of the Canada-Taiwan Friendship Group. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Ms. Kung socializes with Senators Ringuette and Meredith. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Conservative MP Bob Saroya delivers greetings from party leader Rona Ambrose at the Taiwan event. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Senator Ngo feeds a lion, next to Ms. Kung, Mr. Kung, and Ms. Ringuette. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

House Speaker Geoff Reagan, with Senate Speaker George Furey (the party's hosts), Saudi Ambassador Naif Bandir Alsudairy, and Cuban Ambassador Julio Garmendía Peña at a Cuban cultural celebration Oct. 3. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

The Cuban ambassador with his spouse, Miraly González González, Speaker Furey, and the ambassador's daughter, Miraly Garmendia Gonzalez at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Cuban singer Augusto Enriquez, with the Back Alley Big Band, put on a show. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia