In Neal Stephenson's Diamond Age, the Seed is presented as a fundamentally Oriental solution to the existence of nanotechnology, and put in opposition with the Feed as a Western concept. The Seed is decentralized while the Feed is totally centralized.
I find it strange to paint the Seed as a Chinese/Confuscianist ideal. Deference to authority is central to the Confucianist ideology in the book, and the Celestial Kingdom is shown to be ruled by Mandarins.
So, how is giving full control and independence to everyone through the Seed something Mr. X would want? Sounds like anarchy to me. Or did I miss something?