Lame ducks and roosters: diplomatic events this week

A double-header featuring defence attachés, military top brass, and the Esprit de Corps Commandos on Jan. 25 raised money for charity. Seen here, Russian Assistant Military Attaché Lt.-Col. Sergey Kozlov, of the Lame Ducks defence attachés team, shows off his stick-handling at the University of Ottawa arena. Photograph courtesy of Richard Lawrence

Maj. Haifeng Wang, China's assistant military attaché, on a breakaway for the Lame Ducks. Photograph courtesy of Richard Lawrence

In the second game of the evening, featuring military top brass, Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance takes a break while chatting with Canadian Forces Provost Marshal Brig.-Gen. Rob Delaney. The Commando Challenge 6 event raised $5,500 for the Cadet Leagues. Photograph courtesy of Richard Lawrence

Gen. Vance faces off against Esprit de Corps magazine editor and Hill Times columnist Scott Taylor, head of the Commandos team, for the second game. The Commandos won both. Photograph courtesy of Richard Lawrence

Quite the crowd came out to celebrate Chinese New Year Jan. 25 at the Chinese Embassy. This is the year of the rooster. Photograph courtesy of Ulle Baum

Conservative Senator Victor Oh, a vice-chair of the Canada-China Legislative Association, delivers remarks. Photograph courtesy of Ulle Baum

Wang Wentian, chargé d'affaires of the embassy of China, with Melanie Alton, Sarah Taylor, director general for the North Asia and Oceania Bureau at Global Affairs Canada, and Graham Shantz, Ms. Alton's spouse, former GAC senior manager, and current president of the Canada China Business Council. Photograph courtesy of Ulle Baum

Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Andrew Leslie, in between Mr. Wang, and his spouse, Gu Xiaojun. Photograph courtesy of Ulle Baum