Sophia Yan is a CNBC Correspondent based in Beijing. Sophia covers Greater China and Asia, focusing on topics from technology to economy.
Prior to CNBC, Yan was the Asia Business Reporter with CNNMoney in Hong Kong, where she covered major financial and economic news across Asia. Yan specializes in reporting unique cultural and consumer angles that illustrate the growth of the Chinese economy and examines what the rise of China means for the rest of the world. She has covered the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong in 2014, the increasing trend of wealthy Chinese entering global immigrant investor programs and the booming "birth tourism" industry, which caters to Chinese who want to give birth in the U.S. to secure American passports for their children.
Yan has also covered news, politics, regulation and business for Bloomberg News and Time magazine, based in Hong Kong and Washington, D.C., where she broke market-moving scoops, obtained exclusive interviews and produced features.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, and is fluent in Mandarin.
China is again hosting the World Economic Forum's annual June meeting, and innovation is in the spotlight.
China's banking regulator is investigating how the country's top overseas deal makers are borrowing money, according to multiple media reports.
CNBC's Sophia Yan speaks about how China is set to benefit from U.S. President Donald Trump's step back from the Paris climate change accord.
Shanghai Tower reflects wider woes in China's commercial property market as it has struggled to attract tenants.
Beijing has touted the law as a milestone in data privacy regulations, but critics say authorities haven't provided enough information.
The world's second-largest economy is quickly shedding that image as domestic firms innovate rapidly.
"Some jobs are displaced, but equally new jobs are also created each time a new technology comes along," Dave Silver, told CNBC.
CNBC's Sophia Yan speaks about Citic Securities, Guosen Securities and Haitong Securities, who in total have been fined nearly half a billion renminbi by Chinese regulators.
China is hosting a hotly anticipated tournament of Go – a complex, ancient Chinese board game – against a powerful Google computer program, but nobody inside the country can watch the games.
Global champ Chinese player Ke Jie, lost his first game against Google DeepMind computer program AlphaGo in Wuzhen.