The business part is selling bitumen sludge to China, as much and as fast as possible. The pleasure part is playing Commander-in-Chief and sending Canadian forces to distant corners of the world for a bit of muscle-flexing. In this case it's RimPac2012, the largest international naval exercise in the world, right in China's maritime backyard.
And Canada isn't making a token appearance either. The forces we're sending - destroyers, frigates, even CF-18s - will make our presence second only to the U.S.
"China's antipathy toward this exercise may explain why highly informed Canadian reporters, such as David Pugliese of Defence Watch, have complained of an almost total clampdown on information about Canada's impressive participation.
"The federal government no doubt finds it a bit sensitive to be wooing Chinese business interests one moment, while embracing efforts to contain China's naval ambitions the next.
"Of course the 22 nations, which are sending 47 surface ships and subs as well as possibly 200 aircraft and 25,000 personal, deny that their combined five-week exercises, beginning June 29, has China's rapidly expanding navy in mind.
"But no one is fooled, least of all Beijing.
"China and North Korea are the only countries excluded from the exercise — at Washington's insistence. Even Russia is to take part for the first time."
According to the CBC's Brian Stewart, Canada is even sending along HMCS Victoria, the recently rehabilitated Upholder-class sub we got years ago from Britain and promptly docked for repairs.