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China, Australia can set strong example for collaboration on climate change: business leader

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China, Australia can set strong example for collaboration on climate change: business leader
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China, Australia can set strong example for collaboration on climate change: business leader

2024-05-14 22:22 Last Updated At:05-15 02:27

China and Australia working together on sustainable transportation could set a powerful example to the rest of the world on the benefits of international collaboration on climate change, according to Vaughn Barber, chair of the China-Australia Chamber of Commerce.

He said that Australia's focus on the transition to net zero meant the time was right for collaboration with China, a world leader in sustainable transport and new energy vehicles (NEVs).

"From an Australian perspective, I think a key focus is on the transition to net zero, and we believe that the scenario that's ripe for collaboration with China, particularly with the bilateral relationship now stabilizing and improving," Barber said during a panel discussion at the third Global Trade and Investment Promotion Summit in Beijing on Monday.

"Chinese EVs are doing quite well in Australia and I see that the advantages that China has in technology, in scale and cost means that there's an immense potential for Chinese companies to partner with Australian companies in transforming our transportation sector," he said.

Barber said that by working together, Australia and China could accelerate progress towards a greener future.

"China brings technological advantages and cost advantages to the table. And by working together, Australia and China could not only accelerate decarbonization, accelerate transition towards a net zero future, but also give a powerful example of international collaboration in climate change," said Barber.

China, Australia can set strong example for collaboration on climate change: business leader

China, Australia can set strong example for collaboration on climate change: business leader

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Israeli army may have repeatedly violated laws of war in Gaza: UN report

2024-06-20 02:18 Last Updated At:06:17

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) may have repeatedly violated fundamental principles of the laws of war in a series of prohibited indiscriminate attacks on Gaza, according to a report issued by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office on Wednesday.

Released during the 56th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the report details six notable attacks targeting Gaza's residential buildings, a school, refugee camps, and a market between Oct 9 and Dec 2, 2023, which involved the suspected use of GBU-31, GBU-32 and GBU-39 bombs.

"The report details six emblematic attacks involving the suspected use of GBU-31s, or 2,000-pound bombs, GBU-32 1,000-pound bombs, and GBU-39, 250-pound bombs from the 9th of October to the 2nd of December 2023 on residential buildings, a school, refugee camps, and a market," said Jeremy Laurence, the spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), at a press briefing in Geneva.

GBU-31, 32 and 39 bombs are mostly used to penetrate through several floors of concrete and can completely collapse tall structures. Given how densely populated the areas targeted were, the use of an explosive weapon with such wide area effects is highly likely to amount to a prohibited indiscriminate attack, the report finds.

The OHCHR has reported that at least 218 deaths have been confirmed as a direct consequence of the six attacks. However, it cautioned that the actual death toll is likely to be significantly higher.

"The report concludes that these Israeli strikes indicate that the IDF may have repeatedly violated fundamental principles of the laws of war. In this connection, it notes that unlawful targeting when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population, in line with a State or organizational policy, may also implicate the commission of crimes against humanity," said Laurence.

The report also says that such unlawful targeting may also implicate the commission of crimes against humanity.

"Israel's choices of methods and means of conducting hostilities in Gaza since the 7th of October, including through the extensive use of explosive weapons with wide area effects in densely populated areas, have failed to ensure that they effectively distinguish between civilians and fighters," said Laurence.

"It became very clear to us that the nature of weapons that were used, especially on a wide area, that have a wide area effect, is extremely dangerous in the context of Gaza, and we have been saying this, in several reports and statements, that Gaza is a very densely populated area. And in these six incidents, we had sufficient information to demonstrate, the civilian casualties, both in terms of the deaths as well as injuries, and where we felt that the principles of international humanitarian law, particularly precaution, distinction, proportionality, were not necessarily followed," said Ajith Sunghay, an official with the OHCHR in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Although the report primarily focuses on Israel, it also highlights that Palestinian armed groups have continued to fire rockets indiscriminately towards Israel, inconsistent with their obligations under international humanitarian law.

Israeli army may have repeatedly violated laws of war in Gaza: UN report

Israeli army may have repeatedly violated laws of war in Gaza: UN report

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