Asian Network of Major Cities 21

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Asian Network of Major Cities 21 was a body representing the interests of several of Asia's largest capital cities around common themes of importance, including urban planning, sustainability and crisis management. The organization was advocated by then Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara (1999-2012) and formed by common declaration of those attending a meeting held in Kuala Lumpur in August 2000. Following a review by member cities in 2014, the network was suspended and projects continued under new regional initiatives by Tokyo.[1]

Member cities

City Name Native Name Metro Population Image Country
Bangkok กรุงเทพมหานครฯ 14,500,000 Bangkok Night Wikimedia Commons.jpg  Thailand
Delhi दिल्ली 21,000,000 Skyline at Rajiv Chowk.JPG  India
Hanoi Hà Nội 16,100,000 West Hanoi.jpg  Vietnam
Jakarta Jakarta 30,000,000 Jakarta Skyline Part 2.jpg  Indonesia
Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur 7,200,000 Moonrise over kuala lumpur.jpg  Malaysia
Metropolitan Manila Kalakhang Maynila 19,700,000 Ortigas Tonight.jpg  Philippines
Seoul 서울 25,620,000 Seoul Nightview(2009).jpg  South Korea
Singapore Singapore 5,535,000 Singapore Panorama v2.jpg  Singapore
Taipei 台北


7,042,210 20180121 Taipei, Taiwan Skyline from Xiangshan (cropped).jpg  Taiwan
Tokyo 東京
37,800,000 Skyscrapers of Shinjuku 2009 January.jpg  Japan
Tomsk Томск 1,045,541 Tomsk, view from the fire-observation tower.jpg  Russia
Ulaanbaatar Улаанбаатар 1,372,000 UlaanBaatar-2009.jpg  Mongolia
Yangon ရန်ကုန် 7,610,703 Downtown Yangon 2015 April.jpg  Myanmar

Beijing withdrew its membership in August 2005 in protest at the decision of the group to hold its fifth plenary in Taipei in April 2006.

Joint projects

Plenary Meeting


  1. ^ Multilateral City Diplomacy, Office of the Governor, City of Tokyo