Takeover speculation has swirled around Talisman since the Calgary-based oil-and-gas producer's CEO stepped down in September and was replaced with current chief Hal Kvisle. Sinopec has been mentioned by some analysts as a potential buyer of the company, which has a market value of $11.5 billion.

Mr. Fu didn't rule out being involved in a takeover of Talisman at some point, saying "if they want to sell, I think there's a lot of people who want to buy. We might join them, but we would not just buy it ourselves."