China is a major foreign trade partner for Switzerland, especially since entry into force of the bilateral free trade agreement in July 2014. The most important products exported to China are among others machines, instruments, and watches. The canton of Solothurn with its strengths in the watch making and precision industry can especially benefit from the Chinese market. To further strengthen this important relationship with the People's Republic of China, the Government of the Canton of Solothurn decided in autumn 2015 to create Solothurn China Services. SCS is operated by the Economic Development Agency of Solothurn.