"Downward pressure on the Chinese economycontinues to increase, growth in consumption is slowing, and growth in effective investment lacks momentum.” With these words, China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang announced that Beijing has lowered its target for the country's economic growth this year, blaming the slowdown on a “profound change in the external environment”: a clear reference to the trade war with the United States. According to data from the International Monetary Fund, Chinese GDP decreased from 6.9% in 2017 to 6.6% in 2018 and is expected to reach as low as 6.2% in 2019. Due to the divergence between its international ambitions and its actual internal capabilities, the Chinese government is now required to raise internal and external competitiveness. What are the implications of this divergence on China’s growth in 2019? Is China's economic slowdown really only a matter of trade wars with the US? Will it jeopardize China's regional and international ambitions? In sum, where is China headed in 2019?