January 16, 2019 / 10:55 AM / 7 months ago

China must prepare for economic difficulties in 2019: premier

FILE PHOTO: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attends the ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Summit in Singapore, November 15, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

BEIJING (Reuters) - China must prepare for difficulties this year as the economy faces increasing pressure, state radio on Wednesday quoted Premier Li Keqiang as saying.

China aims to keep economic growth within a reasonable range in 2019, Li said, adding that the government will boost investment in public services and infrastructure and expand consumption.

Reporting by China Monitorign Desk and Kevin Yao; Editing by Kim Coghill

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