Safiqa Hossain of DOT
 Hong Kong’s leader vowed Friday to “fully cooperate” with Beijing over a national security law for the semi-autonomous Chinese territory after lawmakers introduced a draft proposal to the country’s parliament, reports WION, Newsinfo.
 The plan for the law was unveiled during the opening session of China’s annual National People’s Congress on Friday and follows seven months of fierce protests in Hong Kong last year against Beijing’s rule.  The draft said the security law would “guard against, stop and punish any separatism, subversion of the national regime, terrorist group activities and such behaviors that seriously harm national security”.  Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam said in a statement that the local government will “complete the legislation as soon as possible to discharge its responsibility”.
 Lam said she “firmly” believed the law was aimed at “effectively preventing and curbing actions that seriously endanger national security”.
Her statement added that the legislation would “punish ‘Hong Kong independence’ and violent political elements”.