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.
CNBC's Sophia Yan reports from Beijing, China, on news that S&P has downgraded the world's second-largest economy.
China is about to get its first new PBOC chief in 15 years, and the selection could show what Beijing has planned for the economy.
The long-term battle on trade between the U.S. and China shows no sign of ending as a war of words ensued this week between the two.
European business suffers from "promise fatigue" in China, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China wrote in its latest paper.
Chinese authorities have banned a host of soft cheese over worries about the bacteria found on some varieties.
The yuan is up 6.5 percent so far this year against the greenback, and holding onto its erasure of last year’s losses.
China is starting to roll back measures meant to prop up its currency after a recent surge in the yuan erased all of last year's losses.
A new deal with Alibaba comes as Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto closes a trip to China on trade and investment.
Given its recent strength, there's even some talk that the yuan is becoming a safe-haven play.
Chinese entrepreneur Li Hejun, who was once China's richest man, was banned from Hong Kong's business world.