1China , Venezuela celebrate 35th anniversary of diplomatic ties .
2A reception was held here on Friday to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Venezuela .
3The two countries have witnessed comprehensive and rapid development of bilateral relations over the past 35 years , featuring frequent high-level visits , deepening mutual political trust and achievements of pragmatic cooperation in various fields , said Li Xiaolin , vice chairperson of the Chinese People 's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries -LRB- CPAFFC -RRB- , when addressing the reception .
4Li said the two countries have made active progress in cooperation on energy , agriculture , high-technology and infrastructure construction since they established the strategic partnership for common development in 2001 .
5According to Li , Venezuela has become China 's fourth biggest oil supplier and its fifth biggest trading partner in Latin America .
6In 2008 , China-Venezuela trade volume reached 9.85 billion U.S. dollars , hitting the highest level in history with an increase of 68.2 percent from that of 2007 .
7The bilateral non-governmental exchanges are increasingly closer , with more and more visits in areas of culture , education and tourism , said Li , adding that the CPAFFC and China-Latin America Friendship Association would make further efforts to contribute to the friendship and cooperation between the two countries and peoples .
8Rocio Maneiro Gonzalez , Venezuelan ambassador to China , said that the two countries , which respects and supports each other , have seen active results from their cooperation .
9The ambassador said the establishment of bilateral strategic partnership , with agriculture and energy cooperation as two pillars , has played an important role in promoting the Venezuela - China relations .
10Besides , high-level visits , technical personnel exchanges and close collaboration in international affairs between the two countries have also advanced bilateral ties substantively , the ambassador added .
11`` I strongly believe that , Venezuela-China relations will be further consolidated and strengthened with joint efforts of both sides , '' she said .
12China and Venezuela forged diplomatic ties in June , 1974 .