China must be prepared for a "tough struggle" as the country faces a "grave and more complicated environment," Premier Li Keqiang said at the opening of the annual National People's Congress on Tuesday, the country's annual parliamentary meeting.
"We must be fully prepared for a tough struggle," Li told a delegation of nearly 3,000 representatives. "The difficulties we face must not be underestimated, our confidence must not be weakened, and the energy we bring to our work must not be allowed to wane."
This year's meeting comes amid tariff tensions with the U.S. — China's largest trading partner — which have placed immense pressure on China's economy and financial markets.
In prepared remarks, according to an official English handout, Li warned that there will be greater risks ahead for the world's second largest economy.
"A full analysis of developments in and outside China shows that in pursuing development this year, we will face a graver and more complicated environment as well as risks and challenges, foreseeable and otherwise, that are greater in number and size," Li said.