Hamburg is a city with manifold international linkages and close political, economic and cultural relations especially with the countries of the Asia Pacific region. Hamburg now establishes another bridge to Asia in order to support socioeconomic development activities of citizens or institutions in Hamburg. The aim is to give those activities a more stable foundation and to increase public awareness.

The "Hamburger Stiftung Asien-Brücke" (Hamburg Foundation Asia-Bridge) has been founded in spring 2005 by the Senate and the Parliament of the Free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg. The foundation’s purpose is to support and sponsor projects aiming at a sustainable development in Asian countries, which have been initiated by Hamburg citizens or institutions. A focus lies on the improvement of people's living conditions and education, the qualification of capable management, the establishment of know-how networks and the promotion of environment protection.