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This excerpt taken from the CYD 20-F filed Jul 17, 2008.

SFAS No. 157

In September 2006, the FASB issued SFAS No. 157, “Fair Value Measurements”. SFAS No. 157 defines fair value, establishes a framework for measuring fair value in generally accepted accounting principles and expenses disclosures about fair value measurements. SFAS No. 157 does not require any new fair value measurements and eliminates inconsistencies in guidance found in various prior accounting pronouncements. SFAS No. 157 emphasizes that fair value is a market-based measurement, not an entity-specific measurement, and states that a fair value measurement should be determined based on the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability.

In February 2008, the FASB Staff Position, or FSP, SFAS No. 157-1, “Application of FASB SFAS No. 157 to SFAS No. 13 and its Related Interpretive Accounting Pronouncements That Address Leasing Transactions,” and FSP SFAS No. 157-2, “Effective Date of SFAS No. 157.” FSP SFAS No. 157-1 excludes from the scope of SFAS No. 157 certain leasing transactions accounted for under SFAS No. 13, “Accounting for Leases”. FSP SFAS No. 157-2 delays the effective date of SFAS No. 157 from 2008 to 2009 for all non financial assets and non financial liabilities, except those that are recognized or disclosed at fair value in the financial statements on a recurring basis (at least annually).

The provisions of SFAS No. 157 will be applied prospectively to fair value measurements and disclosures for financial assets and financial liabilities and non financial assets and non financial liabilities recognized or disclosed at fair value in the financial statements on at least an annual basis beginning in the first quarter of 2008. We do not believe the initial adoption of SFAS No. 157 will have a material impact on the consolidated financial statements at this time and will monitor any additional implementation guidance that may be issued.

 

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