By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN and SIMINA MISTREANU
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese are preparing to elect a new president and legislature Saturday in what many see as a test of control with China which claims the self-governing island republic as its own. The presidential race pits Vice President Lai Ching-te against Hou Yu-ih of the Nationalist Party and Ko Wen-je of the Taiwan People’s Party. The U.S. strongly backs Taiwan against China’s military threats and the Biden administration plans to send an unofficial delegation to meet with the winner. By law all forms of campaigning must end by midnight.