Taiwan and table tennis: diplomatic parties this week

Indonesian Ambassador Teuku Faizasyah and Russian Ambassador Alexander Darchiev. Their embassies placed second and third, respectively, in the 3rd Annual Table Tennis Friendship Cup hosted by the Indonesian Embassy in April 1. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Chinese military attaché Sr.-Col. Zhu Haitao, whose team took first prize. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Indonesian Embassy staffer Dimas Firmantoro. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Russian first secretary Artem Tevanyan. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Korean military attaché Col. Chang Bae Yoon. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Nurzhan Aitmakhanov, first secretary with the embassy of Kazakhstan. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Conservative MP Candice Bergen, left, with Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada Representative Chung-chen Kung, right, and his wife Triffie Kung, centre, at the April 4 Taiwan Night event at the Chateau Laurier. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Bloc Québécois MP Marilène Gill with Mr. and Ms. Kung. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Conservative MP Ed Fast feeds one of the dancing lions. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Liberal MP and Canada-Taiwan Friendship Group chair Judy Sgro poses with a couple special guests. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

HooJung Jones Kennedy with Esprit de Corps publisher and editor Scott Taylor at the April 9 reception at Ottawa City Hall honouring the magazine’s Top 20 Women in Defence this year. She is an honorary member of the Korea Veterans Association of Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Chinese defence attaché Sr.-Col. Zhu Haitao, his wife Yu Wang, and Mr. Taylor. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Mr. Taylor’s wife Katherine with Dutch defence attaché Lt.-Col. Christa Oppers-Beumer. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Nadia Haddad, wife of the Lebanese chargé d’affaires, Tunisian Ambassador Riadh Essid, his wife Chiraz Saidane Essid, Lebanese Chargé d’Affaires Sami Haddad, and Tunisian counsellor Kadri Mahmoudi at Tunisia's national day reception. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Djurdja Papazoglu, wife of the Serbian ambassador, Mr. Essid, Ms. Saidane Essid, and Serbian Ambassador Mihailo Papazoglu. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Kuwaiti Abdulhamid Alfailakawi, Mr. Essid, and Ms. Saidane Essid at Tunisia’s national day party on March 22 at the Chateau Cartier. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Italian Chargé d’Affaires Fabrizio Nava, EU Ambassador Marie-Anne Coninsx, and incoming Canadian ambassador to the EU Stéphane Dion at the foreign ministry headquarters on March 27. The Italian and EU missions and Centre for International Governance Innovation hosted the event to mark the 60th anniversary of the EU. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Haitian Ambassador Frantz Liautaud speaks to Ms. Coninsx and Mr. Dion. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia