Java 8 Convert given time and time zone to UTC time

You are looking for ZonedDateTime class in Java8 - a complete date-time with time-zone and resolved offset from UTC/Greenwich. In terms of design, this class should be viewed primarily as the combination of a LocalDateTime and a ZoneId. The ZoneOffset is a vital, but secondary, piece of information, used to ensure that the class represents an instant, especially during a daylight savings overlap.

For example:

ZoneId australia = ZoneId.of("Australia/Sydney");
String str = "2015-01-05 17:00";
DateTimeFormatter formatter = DateTimeFormatter.ofPattern("yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm");
LocalDateTime localtDateAndTime = LocalDateTime.parse(str, formatter);
ZonedDateTime dateAndTimeInSydney = ZonedDateTime.of(localtDateAndTime, australia );

System.out.println("Current date and time in a particular timezone : " + dateAndTimeInSydney);

ZonedDateTime utcDate = dateAndTimeInSydney.withZoneSameInstant(ZoneOffset.UTC);

System.out.println("Current date and time in UTC : " + utcDate);