An outdoors market in Beijing. Photo by Gilles Sabrie (



I'm the deputy Beijing bureau chief and China tech correspondent for the Financial Times.

I'm particularly interested in shoe-leather reporting, in investigations, and in writing essays and profiles. Topics I follow include China’s tech policy, monopolies, censorship, civil society, and labour abuses.

I was raised in the UK and moved to Beijing in 2016. You can reach me on Twitter @YuanFenYang.

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Here are some stories I’ve written, as of May 2020: You can find all my pieces online by visiting my author page.

Apart from writing articles I also write poetry and short stories.

I think of my poetry the same way I think of my journalism: as non-fiction. In my poetry, I strive for emotional clarity. I write about family, politics, China, sex, gender, and growing up disjointedly in several cultures.

I was one of the six London Laureates selected by Spread the Word from 2015-16. I was a member of the Barbican Young Poets from 2014-15. I cut my teeth with the Yorkshire Writing Squad from 2007-11, and still feel like all of my poetry originates in a way from some classroom in Sheffield.


From May 2018 I've worked to advance media freedoms as an officer on the board of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China.

In a past life I was an economist and a campaigner. I co-founded Rethinking Economics, a UK-headquartered charity that campaigns for more diverse economics education in universities worldwide.


If you prefer audio to text, I take part fairly regularly in the BBC World Service's hour-long Business Matters show, which is a breakfast show (if you're in China) or a late night show (if you're in the UK). Here's one episode in which I discuss Iran sanctions and peaceful protest.

I'm happy to come talk at your school, non-profit or conference if you think I'd be a good fit and it's for a good cause: email me.

You can hear me talk about the Rethinking Economics campaign on the New Economics Foundation's Weekly Economics Podcast. You can also listen to me discuss Rethinking Economics on BBC Radio 4 with Aditya Chakrabortty, and again with Peter Day.