China will be keeping a close eye on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, especially his desire to revise the pacifist Constitution and a speech planned next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, Chinese state media said Monday, a day after the ruling coalition scored a landslide election victory.

The South Korean government, meanwhile, expressed hope that the result will lead to improved bilateral relations.

Chinese news outlets noted that Abe could now stay in power for another four years, after his Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, Komeito, retained their two-thirds majority in the Lower House.