North Korea has - for the 19th year in a row - topped a list of countries where persecution against Christians is worst. Christian charity Open Doors' annual World Watch List has found 245 million Christians globally experience high levels of persecution - up 14 per cent from last year. Spokesperson for the charity, Tamsin Taylor told Premier Asia is becoming a new "hotbed" for persecution against Christians as one-in-three Asian Christians now suffer high levels of persecution. "India (10th) and China (27th) have both seen a dramatic worsening in the situation for Christians and both of those have millions and millions of Christians in their population," she explained. "So it's a really significant deterioration."