This excerpt taken from the SBUX 10-K filed Dec 14, 2006.
Note 20: Subsequent Event
On October 18, 2006, the Company acquired from H&Q Asia Pacific, and other shareholders, 90% equity ownership of High Grown Investment Group (Hong Kong) Limited, which in turn is the controlling shareholder of Beijing Mei Da Coffee Co. Ltd. (Mei Da), the operator of 61 Starbucks retail stores in Beijing and Tianjin, China, and an authorized licensee of Starbucks Coffee International. Beijing Sanyuan Company continues to be a minority shareholder of Mei Da. Due to its majority ownership of these operations, Starbucks will apply the consolidation method of accounting beginning on the date of acquisition.