A North Korean child’s drawing of public executions

Wang told the conference that the “beliefs” and “love” of the Church were an “advantage” to society. He added that China’s charitable sector was facing “a crisis of confidence” due to corruption scandals and that the Church was a less corrupt partner to the government.

A noted academic, Choong Chee Pang, told the conference: “Many social problems have their root causes in social injustice, the abuse of power, inequality, the widening gap between the rich and the poor due to mismanagement of the resources, corruption and bribery.”

Although it is the world’s second biggest economy, China is facing a social care crisis, particularly in caring for an increasingly elderly population. According to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, by 2040 nearly 20 per cent of China’s rural population will be aged over 65.

At the conference, the government called on the church to provide care for the elderly, as well as offer drug prevention and rehabilitation, and work with those living with HIV.

Nigeria continues to face tough challenges. The terrorist group Boko Haram seeks to establish a Sharia Islamic law state there.

Boko Haram terrorists

Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria

“Boko Haram has a well-established track record of committing heinous attacks against the citizens of northern Nigeria, both Christians and Muslims,” Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told FoxNews.com. “This despicable group must be defeated.”

The U.S. State Department has designated Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization, saying the group ”is responsible for thousands of deaths in northeast and central Nigeria over the last several years including targeted killings of civilians.”

“Boko Haram’s attacks against Christians, along with continued Muslim-Christian communal violence, threaten to exacerbate existing Muslim-Christian mistrust and divide, undermine Nigeria’s fledgling democracy, and the future stability of this important U.S. ally,” Tiffany Lynch, a senior policy analyst at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, told Fox News.